Robin Bunce provides some exam guidance on this topic
This resource presents and discusses a sample essay which draws material from Geoffrey Swain’s article on Trotsky in power (see pp. 18–21 of this issue of Modern History Review). This topic is relevant to one of the key themes addressed in Edexcel AS Unit 1: Stalin’s Russia, 1924–53.
Edexcel’s AS Unit 1 option, Stalin’s Russia, 1924–53, covers the politics, economy and society of Russia from Lenin’s death in 1924 to Stalin’s death almost 30 years later. Specifically, it considers four key topics: