How significant were the personalities of the contenders to succeed Lenin in accounting for Stalin’s defeat of his opponents in the years 1924-9?

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How significant were the personalities of the contenders to succeed Lenin in accounting for
Stalin's defeat of his opponents in the years 1924-9?
Defeat of Bukharin
· 1928 Stalin turned against NEP
· S adapted policies of the left he had just defeated
·Bukharin supported the NEP, which made him unpopular,
basically too nice to defeat a man such as Stalin who was prepared to stab the backs of his
rivals to gain power.
easily defeated, despite being Lenin's favourite to carry on where he left off.
Trotksy defeat
· S allied with Z & K to suppress L's testament
· S gets support base
· Z& K battle against him about loyalty
· Ban on factions doesn't allow him to build fan base
· Expelled & exiled
missed Lenin's funeral, and gave the impression of being uninterested in taking power
believed in `world revolution' unpopular because of the conflict it would cause
personal failings, such as his Menshevik past and his difficult nature to work with
Only joined in 1917
· Didn't fight to get L's testament published
· Didn't get fan base
Zinoviev & Kamenev defeat
· Formed alliance against T
· United opposition= factionalism= dismissed & replaced by Stalin supporters
Stalin turned on them after they had served their purpose
removed them from their important power positions after Trotsky had been removed from
the party.
showed a lack of commitment to the communist party at times.
Stalin's luck
· Lenin & Sverdlov died at the right time
· Lenin's testament not read out

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Control of Party Membership:-
o Allowed him to get rid of more radical elements- students and soldiers- who were
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At the end of the 1920s he decided to go for rapid industrialisation and the majority of
party members supported thishis policies matched what they had wanted throughout
the debate. They felt that they could relate to him.
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