Factors that led to the Emergence of Stalin as a Leader of the Soviet Union

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This paper seeks to analyze the factors that led to Stalin’s triumph over Trotsky in succeeding Lenin.

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(Name)(Professor)History(Date)Factors that led to the Emergence of Stalin as a Leader of the Soviet UnionIntroductionFollowing Lenin's death in 1924, there was contemplation regarding who would take over his position. The five leading Communists suited to contest for Lenin's post included Bukharin, Kamenev, Zinoviev, Trotsky and Stalin. Since the Communist party did not select its leaders through elections, the competition was very intense. The qualifications for Lenin's post were based on exercise of power within the party. Even though Bukharin, Kamenev, and Zinoviev had good leadership attributes, they were too weak to compete against either Stalin or Trotsky. Both Stalin and Trotsky were considered powerful members of the Communist party, thus they were best placed to lead USSR. The power struggle between Stalin and Trotsky became very intense (Walsh 126). However, in 1929 Lenin proved beyond doubt that he was suited to become the supreme leader of USSR. His accession to power was attributed to political scheming, weaknesses of his political rivals, and a strong power base (Phillips 73). This paper seeks to analyze the factors that led to Stalin's triumph over Trotsky in succeeding Lenin.Trotsky's Weaknesses and MistakesAfter Lenin's death, there was limited doubt that Trotsky would take over his reign. Other than being the Communist party's political think tank, Trotsky was a gifted speaker as well as a writer. He was recognized for his role in the Bolshevik Rev

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