The Age of Totalitarianism: Stalin and Hitler We live, not feeling the country beneath us, Our speech inaudible ten steps away, But where they're up to half a conversation -- They'll speak of the Kremlin mountain man. His thick fingers are fat like worms, And his words certain as pound weights. His cockroach whiskers laugh, And the tops of his boots glisten.
Stalin used a range of methods to rise in political power, as well as appear as a better leader of the Communist party.
By using his role as party secretary, he was able to appoint his own supporters in certain positions in the party, causing Trotsky to lose support from other party members and not have his supports in better party roles.
Trotsky was a left-wing contender who helped lead the Bolsheviks to victory during the civil war. The testimony not being published and his position as party secretary leads on to the fact that luck could have been a major factor to why Stalin was appointed leader; the death of Dzerzinhsky also allowed Stalin to take control of the Cheka, meaning there was one less important figure for Stalin to worry about gaining disapproval from.
The background of both Stalin and Trotsky were very different; Trotsky came from a more privileged background whereas Stalin was from a proper, working-class background.
This would be more popular with the working-class people as they would believe that Stalin would have their best interests at heart, making him seem more trustworthy than Trotsky.
The political methods used by Stalin were very important contributors to his rise to power. Stalin was neither left nor right wing, enabling him to switch to whatever policy gained the most votes. This also meant that Stalin could gain allies with members of both sides of the party; for example, the Triumvirate was formed between Stalin, Kamenev and Zinoviev to attack Trotsky; Zinoviev and Kamenev mounted a vicious campaign against Trotsky where they questioned his loyalty to Lenin.
The weakness of the left wing was another reason for why Stalin gained power instead of Trotsky. People feared Trotsky was aiming to become a dictator due to his strong socialist views, helping the Triumvirate politically attack his views and cause public wariness.
The opposition were not much trouble for Stalin due to him having control of the delegates. Demonstrations were organised, and because of this they were accused of committing factionalism, leading them to be expelled from the party and losing their positions.
Having defeated the left-wing candidates, Stalin moved on to get rid of the right-wing candidates- he did this through policies involving the industrialisation of the USSR and the position of the NEP. Stalin attacked the right-wing members who were for the NEP, and through this gained a lot more support due to its unpopularity.
Bukharin became outvoted, and soon after Rykov and Tomsky were removed from both the Politburo and the party, leading Stalin to be the last candidate remaining.
In my opinion, I believe the political methods that Stalin had were one of the most important factors leading to Stalin becoming leader of the USSR; the fact he had no particular side in the party meant he could side with one wing against another and defeat them one by one. Stalin gained a lot of popularity by carefully voting for certain policies which were the most popular, and the fact that he was general secretary meant he could remove radicalists and add more supporters to the party, giving him an advantage over Trotsky concerning support.
Since Stalin defeated both the left and right wing, he would appear to people as an individual who put others before him and create policies that would be popular with the masses. Despite this, Trotsky may have been a better leader than Stalin due to the fact that Stalin used deceit to get in to power since he became a dictator anyway, and gradually had all the party candidates killed.The Age of Anxiety, the age of the lost generation, was also an age in which modern Fascism and Totalitarianism made their appearance on the historical stage.
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