Why Stalin was Able to Win the Power Struggle with Trotsky Essay

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Why Stalin was Able to Win the Power Struggle with Trotsky

The Bolsheviks, the ruling party of the Soviet Union, was lead by the Lenin. When Lenin died in January of 1924, he left behind no clear successor, and vague indications of his intended plans for the Bolshevik party. A power struggle for control of the party ensued, one in which many historical figures arose. Within this plethora of names, two of the most important names in Soviet history arose, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin. As the power struggle continued, the mutual antagonism grew, resulting in a life or death struggle. Eventually, Stalin was able to seize power and exile Trotsky. The reason for Stalin's success over Trotsky can be seen in their respective
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Trotsky, however, was not so quick to side with Lenin. Although he worked closely with him at first, he left Lenin and his Bolsheviks to briefly side with the Menshevik party, only to soon after form his own doctrine, one which differed from both the Bolshevik and Menshevik parties. However, as opposed to attempting to form his own faction, he tried to re-unite the two differing ones, but to no avail. It was not until the summer 1917 in which Trotsky was reunited with Lenin and joined the Bolshevik party, claiming he chose to do so not based on his ideology changing, but that the Bolshevik party had changed its position, one that coincided with Trotsky's beliefs . When the Imperial regime had been toppled, Stalin was appointed general secretary by Lenin, and Trotsky, who was initially given the role of foreign commissar , was soon after given the role of war commissar. These positions allowed both Stalin and Trotsky to form strong ties within the nation, for as general secretary Stalin was in charge of new recruits within the party, and as war commissar, Trotsky formed the Red Army, an elite fighting force bent upon protecting Bolshevik interests. Stalin was comfortable abusing his power to recruit members who shared his specific interests, but Trotsky would not abuse his command over the Red Army against his adversaries, for Trotsky's

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