Stalin's Achievement of Total Power in the Ussr

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Why was Stalin able to achieve total power in the USSR by the end of the 1920’s? Stalin’s rise to power was due to many different factors. Firstly, on Lenin’s funeral day Stalin had given the wrong date to Trotsky which meant that Trotsky never turned up. Stalin took great advantage of the ‘Lenin Levy’ and how they worshipped Lenin. Stalin had written a short book which had summarised all of Lenin’s ideas and plans. From the side of the new Bolsheviks, this showed Stalin as the ‘true heir’ or natural successor of Lenin which made it increasingly difficult for his opponents to criticise him and his decisions. The absence of Trotsky at Lenin’s funeral created a large amount of political damage for him. Trotsky also had weaknesses and made…show more content…
The role of the Politburo also helped Stalin achiever total power in the USSR by the 1920’s. This is because when Lenin was bed-ridden, power was passed onto the Politburo which consisted of Trotsky, Stalin, Kamenev, Zinoviev, Tomsky, Rykov and Bukharin. The Politburo had decided that Stalin should be the only person allowed to see Lenin, this was to reduce the pressure put on Lenin. However rather than this helping Stalin’s career, it almost ended it, this was because Lenin had grown to hate Stalin. As a result of Stalin having a disagreement with Lenin’s wife, Lenin had written a Political Testament which portrayed Stalin as too rude, someone who would abuse his power and someone who should be removed from his post. The real concern of the Politburo was not actually Stalin, it was Trostky. Kamenev and Zinoviev never wanted Trotsky to take power and so they formed an alliance called the Troika with Stalin. The Politburo had decided not to make Lenin’s testament public as it not only had criticisms of Stalin but of the rest of the leading communists. Also it is highly unlikely that Stalin would have remained General Secretary of the Communist Party if Lenin’s views had become common knowledge. This all resulted in Stalin’s achievement of total power in the USSR, he used many factors and tactics such as factionalism, the strength of his position in the Communist Party, his politically cunning skills and the lack of
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