Power Struggle (Contenders for power)

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  • The Power Struggle
    • Stalin
      • Pros
        • He held the crucial position of General secretary, which was gaining him loyalty
        • He was centered, he made sure that he didn't chose which side he was on until he saw a clear winner
        • Organised Lenin's funeral - Trotsky not there (Stalin told him wrong date)
        • Due to Stalin being a newer Bolshevik, all the opposition underestimated him
      • Cons
        • He was a newer Bolshevik
        • He only played a minor role in the Rev unlike other contenders e.g. Trotsky
    • Trotsky
      • Pros
        • Played major roles in the Civil War and the 1917 Revolution, people were always very impressed with his skills
        • A brilliant intellectual and theorist, who was inspiring in his speeches
        • Great organisational, political and authoritarian skills
      • Cons
        • Many old Bolsheviks were weary of him, they feared that he would use his Red Army to seize control of power
        • He was arrogant and was rude to those who he thought were less clever than himself
        • He could be indecisive and made serious errors of judgement
    • Zinoviev
      • Pros
        • An Old Bolshevik many people gave him respect for his contribution to the Rev
        • Lenin called him his "closest and most trusted assistant"
        • His role as party boss in Leningrad gave him a strong political base
      • Cons
        • He opposed Lenin at the time of the Bolshevik Coup, which was always held against him
        • He seriously underestimated Stalin, he and Kamenev left it too late before switching their support to Trotsky
    • Bukharin
      • Cons
        • He could be naive and lack the capacity of a leader
        • He had no power base as he tried to maintain good relations with everyone
      • Pros
        • He was both impressive and likeable, a brilliant intellectual and theoretician
        • Lenin called him the darling of the party
        • He was popular and close to Lenin, he was friends with Trotsky but also a close associate of Stalin
    • Kamenev
      • Pros
        • A skillful politician and good with people, he was closely linked to Zinoviev and the 2 acted as a partnership
        • He had a strong power base in Moscow, where he ran the local party
        • He was able to smooth out difficulties and had the ability to get things done
      • Cons
        • He gained a rep for inconsistency by switching alliances between Stalin and Trotsky
        • He was too soft and lacked the drive to be a leader, he seriously underestimated Stalin


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