Stalin’s rise to power. Stalin’s Strengths. “Comrade Card Index”. Was Stalin’s control over the party machine the crucial factor in his rise to power? (2004) “Stalin rose to power in the 1920s only because he was a skilled political manipulator.” Discuss.(2002).
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McCauley argues that Luck was also a major factor in allowing Stalin to come into power. Lenin’s death meant that he had no one above him, keeping him in check and the death of Dzerzhinsky, the head of the Cheka, also meant that Stalin could gain support within the political police and use this support against his opponents. However, Pipes argues that Stalin was in an “unrivalled position” before the death of Lenin and that this position had already “assured his future career”.
Commissar of Nationalities (1918 to 1922)
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