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Week 6 Lesson 3: Lenin’s final years and legacy - Who would succeed him?

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Liam Brooks

on 24 May 2017

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Transcript of Week 6 Lesson 3: Lenin’s final years and legacy - Who would succeed him?

LI:
To gain an overview of the power struggle that followed Lenin’s death in 1924.

SC:
Students will be able to describe the key contenders for power and explain their respective ideological positions, including Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Grigory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, and Nikolai Bukharin.
Recap: Primary source as evidence - Lenin's Political Will (Jan 1923)
1. Working in pairs.

2. Discuss and answer the following questions.

3. We have 7 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.

a: What did Lenin consider to be the biggest danger facing the future of the Communist Party?

b. Who did Lenin consider to be the most capable person for his replacement?

c. Who did Lenin criticise most severely (Stalin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev or Bukharin? )

Biographies of the five contenders
1. Working in five small groups.

2. Read the short bio of your contender then answer the following questions in dot-point form:

• What were his ‘revolutionary credentials’ before 1917?

• What was his relationship with Lenin?

• What were his advantages as a contender in the post-Lenin power struggle?

• What were his disadvantages as a contender in the post-Lenin power struggle?

3. We have 10 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.

Group 1: Stalin
Group 2: Trotsky
Group 3: Zinoviev
Group 4: Kamenev
Group 5:Bukharin
Jigsaw reading: The Three key features of the struggle to replace Lenin
Week 6 Lesson 3: Lenin’s final years and legacy - Who would succeed Lenin?

Overview of the post-Lenin power struggle
The three key features:
Group 1:
The nature of the ideological debate
Group 2:
Stalin's skill of political manoeuvering
Group 3:
The Party's suspicion and dislike of Trotsky
1. Working in three groups.

2. Read the text and discuss and answer these questions:

Brief summary of what you read.
How did this favour Stalin?

3. We have 15 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.
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