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4.1 - The background of Stalin and Trotsky

What had Stalin been in the last years of Lenin's life? The leading government figure.
Who had been the leading government figure in the last years of Lenin's life? Stalin
Who was Stalin and what did he do in the last years of Lenin's life (that made him the leading government figure)? The General Secretary of the Communist Party and controlled much of the government machinery, as was seen in the 12th Party Congress in 1923.
In 1917, what had Stalin been? Loyal in his support for Lenin on the Bolshevik Central Committee.
What were Stalin's origins? Humble - he was the son of a shoemaker. He was Georgian and Russian was his second language, which he spoke with a foreign accent.
When had Trotsky become a committed member of the Bolshevik Party? Only in 1917.
What had Trotsky become in 1917? A committed member of the Bolshevik Party.
What religion was Trotsky? Jewish
What had Trotsky been active doing and where? He had been active in Europe and in the USA trying to organise international support for communism.
What did Trotsky become in 1917? Chairman of the Petrograd Soviet.
When did Trotsky become the chairman of the Petrograd Soviet? 1917
What was Trotsky's role in the October/November 1917 Revolution? He played a leading part in the actual organisation of the takeover of the city.
After playing a leading part in the actual organisation of the takeover of the city in the October/November 1917 Revolution, what did Trotsky become? Lenin's right-hand man during the Civil War (1918-21), organising the Red Army and directing military operations.
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