Stalin pp 85-111 | Cite as


  • Robert H. McNeal
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Shortly after Lenin’s medical crisis in March 1923 the Politburo had started to issue regular medical bulletins, seemingly preparing the Soviet public for his death, but in mid-May these ceased and were not resumed even when his condition declined again in the first half of June.1 Evidently Stalin thought it not in his own or the state’s interest to ready the public for a succession of power. Much better for him if there were no pressure either from the masses of the governed or from senior party and state officials squarely to face the need to establish a new arrangement of power. Stalin held the high cards and wanted no new shuffle and deal.


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  • Robert H. McNeal
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  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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