What did Trotsky disagree with Stalin about?
Trotskyists are critical of Stalinism as they oppose Joseph Stalin’s theory of socialism in one country in favor of Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution. Trotskyists also criticize the bureaucracy and anti-democratic current that developed in the Soviet Union under Stalin.
What were Stalin’s strengths?
Stalin’s strengths were fundamental to his success of taking control of the Soviet Union in the years 1924-1928. One primary example was Stalin’s use of his political position to manipulate others, such as tricking Leon Trotsky into attending Lenin’s funeral on the wrong date.
What good things did Trotsky do?
From March 1918 to January 1925, Trotsky headed the Red Army as People’s Commissar for Military and Naval Affairs and played a vital role in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War of 1917–1922. He became one of the seven members of the first Bolshevik Politburo in 1919.
What were Trotsky’s weaknesses?
Members of the party regarded Trotsky as ‘dangerously ambitious’. This, along with the fact that he was ‘excessively self-confident’ (Lenin’s Testament) gave him an air of arrogance. His unpopular personality traits were in sharp contrast to Stalin, who was reliably self-effacing.
What were the weaknesses of Stalin’s opponents?
- Weak Opposition was more important.
- The left realised too late that they were not dealing with a ‘grey blur’
- Didn’t realise his true aims until it was too late.
- Focused on Trotsky as the enemy- Kamenev and Zinoviev saw him as more of a threat.
- Concered not to create factions.
How should Joseph Stalin be remembered?
He was remembered — as both a savior and a brutal tyrant — in Moscow and in his hometown of Gori, Georgia. Stalin led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953. While some still view him as a hero for leading the country to victory in WWII, many despise his brutal rule which led to the death of millions.
What problems did the Bolsheviks face?
They promised the people of Russia ‘peace, beard and land’. The Bolsheviks faced many problems as they seized power. Some of the problems that they faced were opposition, hyperinflation, the war and fulfilling the needs of the peasants.