Stalin/Alexander Iii Was More Successful at Dealing with Opposition Than Any Other Ruler of Russia in the Period from 1855-1964. How Far Do You Agree with This View?

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Opposition is a constant theme faced by any political ruler. A common measure of success is how effective a ruler is at dealing with the problem of opposition, in comparison to his previous/succeeding rulers, in this instance, comparing Stalin to the Tsars Alexander II,III and Nicholas II, and Communist Leaders Lenin and Khrushchev, over a decade of Russian history.
Under Stalin, the campaign to crush opposition began almost instantaneously. Initially, this came in the form of political opponents such as Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamanev and the left. Beginning with Trotsky, Stalin seized opportunity and dominated the 12th Party Conference in 1923, after Trotsky failed to capitalise on the chance to make the principal speech, which would
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The handling of this incident displays the evident success at which Stalin was able to deal with powerful opposition, even in the face of adversity, as it is important to concede that when this opposition arose, Trotsky was in a far more prominent position to politically disable Stalin. Stalin also persevered to crush opposition from Bukharin, Tomsky and other allies from the political right. Opposition was stunted by turning against NEP and forcing the peasantry to cooperate with his policies of industrialisation, leaving Bukharin and his allies dangerously exposed. Stalin ended the struggle for power with the right by expelling Bukharin from the Politburo in November 1929, and ousting the trade union power base Tomsky had accumulated. Stalin then celebrated his 50th birthday in December 1929, and emerged as the undisputed leader of the USSR. The success Stalin enjoyed in defeating opposition is paramount when considering that his rise to power was not inevitable, nor easy. This is confirmed by Whittock’s argument that Stalin’s strong personality was the key factor to his success, and proves that he was exceptional in the face of the austerity of opposition.
Stalin also was successful in his removal of not only apparent opposition, but any potential opposition also. The first signs of purging began with the murder of Sergei Kirov, the popular Party leader in Leningrad. Despite claiming no responsibility for the crime, many

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