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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?
|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?
|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?
|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.