Stalin's Dictatorship - Reasons for Winning Power Struggle

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Lenin's Funeral - January 1924

GAINED SUPPORT - TELLING TROTSKY WRONG DATE

  • LEAD TO TROTSKY NOT ATTENTING
  • MADE PUBLIC BELIEVE TROTSKY DIDN'T CARE ABOUT LENIN ENOUGH TO MOURN HIM
  • MADE STALIN LOOK MORE DEDICATED TO COUNTRY

GAINED SUPPORT - CHIEF MOURNER

  • ACCENTUATED DEDICATION
  • MADE HIM SEEM CLOSE TO LENIN - MADE PUBLIC BELIEVE HE WOULD RULE COUNTRY IN SIMILAR WAY
  • PUBLIC ADORED LENIN - WANTED COUNTRY RULED IN SAME WAY

GAINED SUPPORT - SPEECHES

  • PRAISED LENIN - LOYAL SIDEKICK TO POPULAR LEADER
  • BUILDING UP REACTIONS FROM THOUSANDS OF ATTENDING RUSSIANS - MORE AWARENESS OF IDEAS
  • ALLOWED PEOPLE TO GET TO KNOW MORALS AND INTENDED POLICIES

ALLOWED HIM TO GAIN SUPPORT AND POPULARITY FROM PUBLIC

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Failure to Publish Lenin's Testament - 1923

CLAIMED THAT STALIN WAS 'RUDE' AND THAT MADE HIM 'INSUPPORTABLE' AND THAT TROTSKY WAS THE 'MOST WORTHY CANDIDATE'- WOULD HAVE LOST POWER STRUGGLE IF PUBLISHED

STOPPED PUBLIC FROM KNOWING WHO LENIN RECOMMENDED

  • PUBLIC ADORED LENIN - RESPECTED OPINION

ALLOWED GOOD OPINION ON STALIN TO CONTINUE

  • STALIN BUILT UP FOLLOWING AT LENINS FUNERAL
  • CONVINCED PUBLIC HE WAS LOYAL TO LENIN - DIDN'T WANT OPINION TO CHANGE

ALLOWED GOOD OPINION OF STALIN TO CONTINUE - ELIMINATED EVERYTHING THAT WOULD COMPROMISE POPULARITY

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Stalin's Strengths and Trotsky's Weaknesses

STALIN CREATED IMAGE OF BEING CLOSE TO LENIN

  • SEEMED TO PUBLIC TO BE LOYAL TO LENIN - WOULD RULE COUNTRY IN SIMILAR WAY
  • WELL KNOWN AND POPULAR

STALIN HIGH UP IN COMMUNIST PARTY FOR LONGER

  • PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO STICK WITH WHAT THEY KNOW
  • MORE POPULARITY AND SUPPORT

TROTSKY ARROGANT

  • ADMITTED BY LENIN IN HIS TESTAMENT
  • LESS LIKABLE - LESS SUPPORT

TROTSKY DICTATOR

  • LEAD RED ARMY TO VICTORY IN RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR - BRILLIANT LEADER - WORKED AGAINST STALIN
  • PEOPLE SCARED OF TROTSKY - DICTATOR - LESS POPULARITY

STALIN ABLE TO USE POSITION TO EXPLOIT AND MANIPULATE POEPLE - ACCENTUATE GOOD IMAGE

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Stalin Being General Secretary of the Communist Pa

APPOINTED JUNIOR OFFICIALS TO THE PARTY

  • OWED THEIR POSITION TO HIIM - SUPPORTED HIM
  • SCARED OF LOSING JOBS - STALIN IN CHARGE OF JOBS

APPOINTED HIS SUPPORTERS AS HIGHER POWERS

  • HAD PEOPLE ON HIS SIDE FROM HIGH UP IN PARTY
  • MORE LIKELY TO BE ELECTED

MEANT THAT HE COULD STOP LENINS TESTIMENT FROM BEING PUBLISHED

  • STOPPED PUBLIC KNOWING LENIN'S OPINION OF HIM
  • PUBLIC RESPECTED LENIN - WOULD HAVE COMPROMISED STALINS CLAIMS TO POWER

MADE SURE HIGHER POWERS WERE SUPPORTING STALIN - BUILD A STRONG CASE - ABLE TO STOP LENINS TESTAMENT BEING PUBLISHED

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Exploiting Positions over NEP

POLITICAL IDEA STARTED BY LENIN

JOINED TOGETHER WITH BUKHURIN TO PROMOTE NEP

  • 1928 - DENOUNCED OTHER MEMBERS OF PARTY (TROTSKT, KAMENEV AND ZINOVIEV)
  • CLAIMED THEY WERE TRAITORS TO LENIN - OPPOSED VIEWS - WANTED INDUSTRIALISATION AND COLLECTIVE FARMING

APPOINTED SUPPORTERS AS HIGH POSITIONS IN PARTY (GENERAL SECRETARY)

  • GAINED SUPPORT HIGH UP IN PARTY - MEANT HE COULD ABANDON NEP

EXPELLED BUKHARIN FROM PARTY FOR SUPPORTING NEP

  • IMPRISONED EVERYONE MAKING MONEY FROM POLICY
  • ALL OPPOSITION ELIMINATED - FREE TO TAKE CONTROL

ALLOWED HIM TO ELIMINATE ALL OPPOSITION, USING HIS ROLE AS GENERAL SECRETARY TOAPPOINT SUPPORTERS TO HELP HIM FOLLOW THROUGH WITH EXPLOITATIONS AND SLYNESS

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