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Trotsky And Stalin Essay

1372 words - 5 pages

Trotsky and Stalin

I think that without Trotsky's contribution to the revolution it
wouldn't of been a success I think this because Trotsky was put in
charge of organising the revolution by Lenin and this might show that
Lenin believed that Trotsky could do great things and this also means
Lenin must of trust Trotsky as he picked him very carefully. I also
think as this was a vital job Lenin must of thought that Trotsky was
the best man for the job. Trotsky also had organised the Bolsheviks in
Petrograd. He did this because it was the capital city and it was very
important to take control of the strongest part first this showed
Lenin that Trotsky was very clever.

Before the revolution Trotsky trained Bolshevik agents to go into
factories in Petrograd, Trotsky did this because he wanted to spread
hatred against the provisional government and to tell them how to
prepare for a revolution if it ever happened. He did this in factories
because it was easy to spread hatred to people who were fed up and
tired of slaving away and want an equal country. His proposals
inspired many ordinary people across the country and people started
supporting him he made more and more public speeches to his

After Trotsky had gained supporters and respect he helped to build up
the red guard units he did this as he knew that the revolution was to
take place he even had a date set and he knew that he would need some
army groups for taking over Petrograd.

Trotsky got more support for the Bolsheviks by telling the Red Guard
that they were fighting for their family's to get equality for
ordinary people. When the red guards new that they were fighting for
this they gave the Bolsheviks a little bit of respect.

If Trotsky hadn't contributed to the Bolsheviks I don't think that the
revolution would of happened. Trotsky played a vital part in the
revolution and his sneaky plans worked and he had everything planned
secretly from everyone.


I think the reason that Stalin and not Trotsky emerged as Lenin's
successor because Stalin was a strong Bolshevik believer from the
beginning unlike Trotsky who was a bit of a glory supporter and only
came onto the Bolsheviks side when he knew that there was going to be
a revolution happening in 1917 that he could be a part of. I think
that if Stalin didn't know that a revolution could take place then he
would of stayed a Menshevik supporter. Stalin also thought that if
they started the revolution in one country (Russia) then they could
get power in that country and then the army would have to join the
Bolsheviks making it bigger to take over one country one by one.
Whereas Trotsky believed that they should take over a few countries at
once this was a very silly idea as they would not be able to pull it
off as they were not quite big enough to...

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