How far does Stalin’s position as General secretary explain his success in defeating his rivals in the years 1924-9?

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How far does Stalin's position as General secretary explain his success in defeating his rivals in
the years 1924-9?
General Secretary in 1922
enabling him to put those who supported him in positions of power within the party
put into their jobs by Stalin, so they were unlikely to turn against him,
if they did, they could just as easily be replaced with Stalin's other supporters.
ultimately responsible for `Lenin enrolment', meaning that he had many new party members
who had very little education who were loyal to him
he manipulated these people to do as he wanted them to do
they did because they didn't truly understand what they were being asked to do, but knew
that they owed their communist membership, with all its perks, to Stalin and his policy.
Control of Party Membership:-
o Allowed him to get rid of more radical elements- students and soldiers- who were
like to support Trotsky.
supervised the `Lenin Enrolment' of 1924 and 1925 where the party almost doubled to a
million members
the members were young urban workers poorly educated ex-peasants who were not
interested in ideological debate and were likely to what their local party organized told them
to do
so Stalins practical policies based on nationalism appealed to them
Party Secretary:-
- Gave him control to some extent- of the businesses in the Politburo. i.e..drawing
agendas and papers for the Politburo meetings- gave him control over what was discussed
and what info other member s received.
he had many new party members who had very little education who were loyal to him
he manipulated these people to do as he wanted them to do
they did because they didn't truly understand what they were being asked to do
they owed their communist membership, with all its perks, to Stalin and his policy.
Lenin's disciple
he had been the orator at the funeral (which Trotsky had not attended)
he appeared to agree with Lenin's ideas about Russians dominating other nationalities
Lenin had practically become a God since his death and it was important that the next political
leader should be seen to support him.
Personality
politically skilled and manipulated his rivals (and the people under his control.

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