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Friday, 5 February 2010

Timeline re Stalin's Rise to Power

Created by Dr. James Harris, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds.

7 November 1917 The Bolsheviks, a group of approximately 20,000 marxist revolutionaries, seize power in St. Petersburg, Russia.
3 April 1922 Joseph Stalin appointed General Secretary of the Central Committee, with responsibility for administering the process of filling all major Party posts.
8 October 1923 Trotsky writes a letter to the Central Committee and Central Control Commission complaining about the impact of Stalin’s Secretariat on inner-Party democracy.
21 January 1924 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the universally acknowledged leader of the Bolsheviks, dies after he is incapacitated by a series of strokes.
23-31 May 1924 Politbureau majority attacks Trotsky at XIII Congress of the Communist Party.
Autumn 1924 Stalin develops his theory of Socialism in One Country.
6 January 1925 Trotsky resigns as War Commissar and is largely isolated from power.
September 1925 Stalin clashes with former Politbureau allies Lev Kamenev and Grigorii Zinoviev at a Central Committee plenum after disagreements over policy deepen in the course of 1925.

Spring 1926 Rapprochement between Trotsky and former enemies Kamenev and Zinoviev. They form what is referred to as the “United Opposition”.
December 1927 United Opposition expelled from the Party.

Spring 1928 Stalin’s relationship with Politbureau ally Nikolai Bukharin breaks down in the midst of a crisis in grain collections.
17 December 1929 Bukharin expelled from the Politbureau

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