Modern World History Course 7.6: Lenin Leans On Russia

Up next, will Lenin's health prevent him from governing? Will Trotsky become his successor? And what's that Stalin guy up to?

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result of lenin's long demise was worthy of the soapy

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ist episodes of daytime television let's dive into the suds

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shall we Well leon trotsky was lennon's golden boy Not

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only was he educated but he had actual political experience

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Trotsky had been the commissars of foreign affairs during the

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breast liftoff sk treaty He'd made decisions as the comets

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are of war that won the russian civil war for

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the bolsheviks And while he had been a mention vic

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as a younger man trotsky came over to the dark

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side Later everybody pretty much assumed leon was the man

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who would eventually be king This did not sit well

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with joseph stalin who didn't have trotsky is experience and

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education but did have plenty of good old fashioned crazy

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Stalin was good at two things he could make strategic

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alliances that benefited him in the state It was also

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really really good at repressing the heck out of the

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russian people A trade that greatly displeased linen Well as

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lenin's health took a nose dive and it became clear

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that he was on a beeline for the grave Trotsky

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and stalin began jockeying for lenin's position Stalin took the

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competition very seriously As the central committee general secretary also

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known as the gatekeeper of the communist party he and

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his allies undermined trotsky at every opportunity Lenin was not

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cool with this and over time he got more and

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more irritated with stalin He also did everything he could

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to help trotsky But then in march nineteen twenty three

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lenin had a stroke that put him completely out of

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commission Golden boy leon became the bleeding human in the

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water and stalin was the circling great white shark Over

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the next nine months he manipulated people into supporting him

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He lied He even patted the votes at the party

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congress Then in january nineteen twenty for while trotsky was

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recovering from an illness lenin kicked the bucket and stalin

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made his move Trotsky had left russia before lennon's death

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and didn't get home in time for the funeral because

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stalin didn't advertise when the event would be held with

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lenin in the ground and trotsky overseas stalin was able

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to keep lenin's dying words a secret and what were

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those dying words Was it rose but maybe not Well

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basically that stalin wasn't fit to lead russia and that

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giving him the central committee general secretary position had been

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a huge mistake But again lenin's last words were hushed

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up Furthermore lenin never actually named trotsky his successor which

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meant stalin was free to fight for the spot Trotsky

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did go home to russia and he even managed to

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put forward some economic ideas that woud some of sahlins

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besties to his side But by october nineteen twenty seven

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stalin was completely comfortable making the claim that he was

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lenin's successor and that trotsky was working against him well

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In nineteen twenty nine trotsky was exiled The power hungry

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stalin centralized the government killed lennon's new economic policy and

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confiscated the kulak grain hordes When some members of the

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communist party spoke out against stalin's policies it quickly became

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clear that stalin was not the kind of boss who

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liked to hear constructive criticism from his underlings by the

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nineteen thirties The soviet union was a very quiet place 00:03:34.445 --> [endTime] Indeed one even might say silent as the grave