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In 1293 Stalin had been on the point of political ruin six years later he would be in unchallenged power Conquest To see how such a dramatic change and such an unpredictable defeat of Trotsky happen you have to look at key figures personalities political skill and or mistakes You will also have to look at the situation each figure is in the situation of the country and the political scene in general which is holding the left verses the right And lastly I will look at the effects of luck which played in his victory Trotsky could fire masses of men to acclaim and follow him But he had no talent for leadership among equals Carr This is a key factor of why Stalin had become dictator Trotskys weaknesses lead directly to his own downfall and his underestimation of Stalin is also a key part of Trotskys arrogant nature Trotsky was not scared to speak his mind and his overconfidence lead him to assert his point of view even if all other members didnt agree this created an image of the most likely person to cause a split in the party A view magnified by the fact that Trotsky only joined the party in August 1917 after defecting from the Mensheviks Trotsky kept a lot of his Menshevik policies to hart and especially the topic of international revolution heightened the distrust of Trotsky as many did not see him as a loyal member of the Bolshevik Party Due to his very strong views that he refused to back down from he was seen as the most likely to try and establish a dictatorship As well as Trotskys inability in political intrigue he also made multiple mistakes The fact that he did not appear at Lenins funeral meant that many saw him as disrespectful to a leader who they were starting to idolise This factor has been a point of discussion for
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