The Rise of Stalin
1. The Sixteenth Party Congress:
The Sixteenth Party Congress met to adopt Stalin's new industrial and
agricultural policy. Bukharin was identified as leader of the right
opposition and denounced for his 'non-Marxian theory that the kulaks
will grow into socialism, and his failure to understand the mechanism
of the class struggle under the dictatorship of the proletariat'. The
right was now in full disarray. One month after the Congress Stalin
announced that instead of a policy of limiting and exploiting the
activities of the kulaks the policy would now be to liquidate them as
a class, effectively declaring war on the peasantry.
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5. Trotsky's personality
Trotsky was a quiet man and an intellectual, he was a 'silver tongued'
(well spoken) Jew. Which didn't do him many favours, he was not seen
as a man who was in touch with the people. Stalin had a poor education
and spoke in ungrammatical Russian, however this worked to his
advantage as he was seen as a common man.
Sverdlov was the general secretary of the Communist party before
Stalin. If he had kept that position Stalin would not have risen to
power so easily and therefore would not have had enough power to bring
about what he wanted.
Stalin always liked to be seen as Lenin's right-hand man, this helped
him in the eyes of the people as he was seen as Lenin's preferred
choice to take his place. If Lenin's health had remained good for a
while longer he would most probably have seen what Stalin was doing,
which he had started to do but was unable to take any action, in which
case he would have stopped Stalin and therefore he would not have
become leader of Russia. Lenin's poor health therefore was an aid to
Stalin in the fact that Lenin could not take any action to remove him.
Stalin also used Lenin's funeral as a chance to show the people how
close he was to Lenin and any policies he came up with he could say it
was what Lenin wanted. Stalin's strategy was to depict himself as the
true disciple of Lenin.
8. Stalin's position as General Secretary.
Being appointed General Secretary gave Stain the powers he wanted and
needed to become an all powerful leader. He could appoint the
ministers he wanted and liked and...