- Political Strength
- Personal qualities
- Trotsky's weaknesses
1 of 5
- He was in charge of appointing offices.
- He could give good posts to his “allies” and bad posts to his opponents where they couldn’t get much support.
- He had played a vital role in Bolshevik history so he was admired and considered loyal.
- His roles meant that he was a good ally to have for leading politicians and they were equally useful to him.
- He advocated the popular “socialism in one country”
2 of 5
- He was cunning, had no reservations about playing people off one another.
- He tricked Trotsky about Lenin’s funeral so it looked like he was much closer to Lenin.
- He was considered mediocre and not a threat until it was too late.
- Didn't mind doing boring, administrative tasks – which were vital to his plan.
3 of 5
- He was high minded and looked down on his colleagues. They respected him but didn’t “like” him.
- “The party’s most eminent mediocrity”, didn’t see Stalin as a threat.
- He didn’t believe in political alliances and dirty politics.
- Used to be a Menshevik so was not seen as loyal.
4 of 5
It was lucky that:
- Lenin’s testament was never published
- Lenin died at a good time (earlier and Stalin wouldn’t have had enough power)
- Trotsky was ill through most of the power struggle.
5 of 5