The Leadership Struggle- Stalin vs Trotsky

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The Leadership Struggle- Stalin vs Trotsky
1 Stalin
1.1 Strengths
1.1.1 Secretary General of the USSR- chose who to appoint to positions inside Politburo
1.1.2 Tricked Trotsky- didn't go to Lenin's funeral
1.1.3 Cunning: allied with everyone to kick out everyone
1.1.4 Very hardworking
1.1.5 Defended well Stalingrad during civil war 1921
1.1.6 Wanted to establish "socialism in 1 country" --> popular
1.1.7 Underestimated
1.2 Weaknesses
1.2.1 Relatively unknown at first
1.2.2 Came from Georgia, not Russia
2 Trotsky
2.1 Strengths
2.1.1 Seen as a hero by communists
2.1.1.1 Brest-litovsk treaty
2.1.1.2 civil war
2.1.2 Brilliant speaker+writer
2.1.3 Great political thinker
2.2 Weaknesses
2.2.1 Offended other party members
2.2.2 Arrogant
2.2.3 Didn't take opposition seriously
2.2.3.1 Didn't make many friends
2.2.4 Wanted a global communist revolution- many thought it would bring wars
2.2.5 Got ill during critical moment when Lenin died
2.2.6 Tricked by Stalin- didn't go to Lenin's funeral
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