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On his deathbed, Lenin attempted to ensure unified leadership within his party. After his death in 1924, Lev Trotsky, his most trusted follower, was disposed of by Stalin, who eventually forced him into exile to Central Asia, Turkey and finally Mexico, where Trotsky would be assassinated. Lenin had condemned Stalin before his death, yet Stalin managed to suppress and crush any opposition and consolidated his power. He would become the Soviet Union’s dictator until his death in 1953, ruthless, without any regard for human lives and with millions of deaths to his name. What happened between Trotsky and Stalin, the Communist Party and the Soviet Union following Lenin’s death?

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2:43 How did Stalin accumulate his power?
4:03 Preparing to expel Trotsky
5:09 Theoretical dispute
6:09 Trotsky into exile


Hosking, Geoffrey A. Russia and the Russians: A History (Harvard University Press, 2010).
Pomper, Philip, and Phillip Bernhei. Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin (Columbia University Press, 1992).
Schlögel, Karl. Moscow, 1937 (John Wiley & Sons, 2014).

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