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Stalins ability to outmanoeuvre Trotsky led to his successful rise to power Drawing on your knowledge of all the reasons for Stalins success examine the validity of this judgment Stalin was able to emerge as a solitary leader of the Communists because of many reasons some were due to his own abilities and strengths whereas others were due to the weaknesses of his opposition particularly Trotsky When Lenin died in 1924 Stalin was already in a position of power he had been appointed General Secretary Stalin exploited this post and used it to appoint many of his own supporters to high positions As these members were answerable to Stalin they often remained loyal to him and he managed to build up support for himself throughout Russia The post was also the only link between the party and government which meant he got to know the workings of them both This immense power meant support was often on his side and Lenin Enrolment helped even more here the party gained many new members most of which were poorly educated and seen as less questioning members who would follow the leader and do as they were told Stalin used his initiative and oratory skills to capitalize on this new membership and gain even more support for himself Another reason for the success of Stalin was his ability and acceptance to form and abandon alliances within the party He was not afraid of using members of the party for his own good then turning his back on them This helped Stalin to climb to the top of the ladder and emerge as the dominant force in Russia To begin with Stalin allied with Kamenev and Zinoviev to eliminate Trotsky from the power struggle he then switched sides and turned against the Trioka Having demoted this opposition Kamenev and Zinoviev attempted to ally with Trotsky against Stalin but they acted too late and were eventually expelled
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