In 1924 Lenin dies leaving the role as leader of the communist open. Lenin did not want Stalin, but Trotsky to take over his position. But as Lenin’s strokes got worse, he lost the ability to participate in the CC (Central Committee). Lenin had information about Stalin that could have been very damaging if it was released in public. Stalin had many calculated methods to achieve the power of Russia.
History Why were Stalin’s opponents unable to prevent him from becoming the leader of the USSR by 1929? There are several reasons why Stalin’s opponents were unable to prevent him form becoming the leader of the USSR by 1929; the personality’s of the opponents being a hinting factor for themselves, Stalin’s cunning and sly ways to get what he wanted in the party, and Lenin’s testament not being publicly read out. Trotsky was Stalin’s main opponent for the next leader after Lenin’s death. Trotsky was a brilliant orator and administrator: he more than anyone had won the civil war being the leader of the Red Army. He was a good friend of Lenin’s, ending with a shining account of him in Lenin’s testament.
This essay will explore the interpretations with evidence as to what caused the purges. A reason for the causation of the purges is Stalin’s paranoid nature, which led him to instigate the purges and therefore demonstrate his power for those who may threaten it or doubt it. Stalin’s paranoia caused him to think anyone that would challenge or mock him is an ‘enemy’ causing him to humiliate anyone who insulted him. A key reason for the purges is the intense paranoia that Stalin felt when Hitler announced his plans for invading Russia whilst Stalin’s power wasn’t as secure as he hoped. The purges would be an efficient way of ensuring that nobody would question Stalin’s leadership.
A position, thrust upon him by committee, and meant he was in control of the ‘party machine’ and therefore able to choose who was allowed into the Bolsheviks ranks, thus ensuring he has political backing and therefore could always ‘deliver the votes,’ as people were aware of the privileges he had given them. However, both sources have some similarities towards Stalin. They both make reference to Stalin’s inability to trust others and his intensity. However, Source A suggests that these are unsuitable qualities for someone in the position of general secretary, whereas source B makes them seem as though these are qualities to be admired, as Stalin once stated ‘a reasonable amount of distrust is a good basis for working together.’ This suggests that Stalin thought that you can never be too trusting, which as evidently shown through the power struggle and his rise to the top, where he manipulated the
With Lenin being the much loved leader of The Communist Party, it is no surprise that when he suffered from a series of strokes, there was fierce competition to replace his role. It was then that Stalin began his characteristic political moves to eliminate his competition. He wanted to gain the support of the public, and used his union with Lenin to give the impression that they were trusted friends and colleagues. However this was far from the case as in Lenin’s testament, Stalin is greatly criticised for “not being able to use power with sufficient caution”. Showing his manipulative skills, he then continued to blackmail leaders into keeping this revelation a secret, whilst continuing to strive for control in the party.
One key piece of evidence in favour of this is the Pravda article â€œdizzy with successâ€ which suggests that the purges spiralled out of Stalinâ€™s control. The Purges thrust the whole of Russia into a state of fear of what would happen to them. It affected all sectors of society and even a seemingly insignificant act could result in arrest. For example one woman was arrested for saying that Tukhachevsky, a high ranking military officer, was handsome after he was arrested. One key reason other than Stalinâ€™s personal paranoia for the Purges was to cleanse the party of careerists, yet dissidents and doubters were also at risk.
By October 1905 the most united opposition in Romanov history faced the Tsar. Concession was unavoidable, but by giving ground the government intended to divide the opposition forces, which confronted it. As well as this other factors helped to contribute to the survival of Tsarism. These include the army and elite staying loyal to Tsar Nicholas II and the nature of the revolution, One of the main attributes one could argue to the survival of Nicholas the second is the unorganised nature of the opposition to the tsar. This is shown by one main foe to the tsar the social democrats being split between the Bolsheviks led by the Lenin and the Mensheviks.
However, you shouldn't make the assumption that devotion to ideology was all that was behind Cold War animosity; countries tend to be more complaint trading partners with countries that share their political systems and both Stalin and the Cold War Era presidents in the US knew this. The tension eventually built, but no one wanted to go to actual war again after the colossal massacre of WWII, hence the term Cold War. 2. Describe and explain the ideological differences between the United Stated and the Soviet Union. In 1917, Russia became a communist country with an agenda of converting the world to communism.
This particular political skill would become one of the key factors in his rise to power. The others include the political weakness and errors of his rivals, issues brought up within the politburo such as the N.E.P, and the fact that more often than not he had luck on his side. Stalin’s main rival, Trotsky, was the early choice to gain the position of leader of the party, having been Lenin’s personal favourite. However, Trotsky lost himself a large amount of support when he criticised the N.E.P, and Lenin. He was also tricked by Stalin into not attending Lenin’s funeral.
Its standing amongst Germans is highly questionable, and the lasting question about the impact of the Treaty of Versailles is still a big question. However, I believe the Weimar Republic was a strong enough government to be able to ride through all these problems. The Weimar Republic faced its first problem when it took government of Germany, the opposition parties. It was fired from both sides by the Left-Wing communists and the Right-Wing supporters of the Kaiser, the previous monarch of Germany. The communists disliked the Weimar’s democratic government, and wanted to follow Russia and become communist, even if they had to seize Germany by force.