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Lenin's Death As The Beginning Of A Period Of Struggle For Leadership Between The Leading Bolsheviks

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Lenin's Death as the Beginning of a Period of Struggle for Leadership between the Leading Bolsheviks Lenin’s death marked the beginning of a period of struggle for
leadership between the leading Bolsheviks, at the end of which Stalin
emerged as the undisputed and unchallenged dictator. Divisions in the
party over the future of the Revolution enabled Stalin to position
himself in a place of power, providing him with opportunities to rid
the party of his opponents from the left and the right.

The situation that the party found itself in 1924 was better suited to
Stalin’s personality for a number of reasons. Stalin was very
practical minded, even though he was not an intellectual like his
rival Trotsky. He was able to adapt to situations to suit his motives,
which is clearly seen when he presented himself as Lenin’s chief
mourner and closest friend at his funeral by reading out the eulogy
and carrying Lenin’s coffin. He therefore presented himself as the
heir to Lenin’s legacy. Moreover, Stalin, though not a theorist, was
an effective and shrewd administrator, a quality that earned him the
nickname ‘Comrade Card-Index’. While his comrades underestimated him,
Stalin was able to use his administrative skills to build a large bank
of information against his opponents, giving him the ability to
blackmail people to follow his orders. Stalin had obviously realised
the potential power in the post of General Secretary in an
increasingly bureaucratic party, as others had rejected the job as
dull and uninteresting. This was a position he had held since 1922 and
it was a major contributing factor towards his success and towards the
defeat of his opponents. As General Secretary, Stalin was able to
appoint his supporters to positions of power, thus securing the vote
against his opposition, and removing his rivals from roles of
authority, for example, demoting Trotsky from the position of
Commissar for War in 1925. Stalin introduced Lenin Enrolment which
recruited 500,000 workers to increase the number of true proletarians
in the party ranks. Being politically naïve and poorly educated, they
felt that they owed their party membership to Stalin and so voted for
him in all party matters, further increasing his influence.

On the contrary, Trotsky had little influence as Commissar for War,
which only brought him support from the Red Army, and as an
intellectual he had support from the universities as well. However,
Trotsky’s intellectual capabilities and his status as a Marxist
theorist often made him appear arrogant and led to a poor sense of
judgement when dealing with other people. An example of this was seen
when he published his ‘Lessons of October’, which criticised Lenin’s
NEP. He had completely misjudged the mood,...

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