Revision Aid: Stalin’s Rise to Power 1-9 GCSE. Stalin’s position as leader of the Soviet union was far from assured. Indeed, Lenin had warned against his promotion. The manner in which Stalin gained total control is complex. The Politburo became a body of factions played off against one another. The Party apparatus was used. Potential enemies or threats to his leadership desires removed.
This exercise allows students to break down these complex issues into easy to access revision materials. Core knowledge is required before undertaking the task. Materials to help or to refresh memories can be found here.