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Question 1 Stalin and Trotsky led two very different political careers Before 1917 Trotsky wasnt even a member of the Bolsheviks siding with the Mensheviks at the 2nd party congress in 1903 when the Social Democrats splintered into the two smaller parties Mensheviks and Bolsheviks Trotsky sided with the Mensheviks more pacifist views towards revolution and general protests In fact it wasnt until after the March revolution in 1917 when he was in jail following the July days that he was persuaded by Lenin to join the Bolsheviks Trotsky quickly gained support being elected to its Central Committee and then elected chairman of the soviet within months of joining Stalin on the other hand had been a strong Bolshevik follower from the beginning firmly believing in its militant actions His rise to power was much slower than that of Trotsky he worked his way up the political ladder being very Active behind the scenes eg helping to plot the hold up in then Tiflis now Tbilis in 1907 His first recognisable role within the party was in 1912 when Lenin co-opted him to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik party He then went on to edit the Bolshevik newspaper Pravada before he went into exile Stalin went into exile 7 times previously but had always managed to escape from 1913-1917 Both Stalin and Trotsky were in Russia for the November revolution But whilst Trotsky was acting as the military leader using his military revolutionary committee which was set up to defend the congress of soviets Stalin was much more in the background playing several key roles but not as important as Trotsky who was seen as a revolutionary hero Trotsky kept up his role as military leader to defend the revolution when
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