1.1 Had led the October Revolution with Lenin
and had commanded Red Army during Civil War
1.1.1 Commissar for War
2 Gifted theorist and orator, inspiring loyalty in his troops.
2.1 Only member of the Party who could rival
Lenin in intelligence and writings about
3 Radical vision for the future of
Russia, appealing to young and
idealistic members of the Party.
3.1 His contribution from 1917-1924 rivalled that of Lenin himself.
4 Arrogant and dismissive of other leading figures.
4.1 Never went out of his way to endear himself to peers who feared his
rigid views could cause a split in the Party.
4.1.1 Many older Bolsheviks thought him an outsider - joined in 1917.
126.96.36.199 Some were unconvinced of his loyalty - could be seen as too loyal,
agreeing with decisions to avoid damaging party.
5 Did not like political infighting, making of
deals and alliances - preferred debates,
6 From late 1923 for three years, suffered with fever - weakened and unable to deal with political
attacks. Absent from crucial votes in the Politburo, though some meetings by his bedside. Fact
Jewish - affected some views.