Did Stalin face many rebellions/revolts/major opposition?

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I'm researching rebellions under Stalin and can't seem to find many. Did people not revolt against him at any point? Also did Alexander III suffer from revolts a lot?
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In terms of Stalin- I would look at the Power Struggle in which he faced opposition from Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev (the United Opposition) as well as Bucharin. Many people were terrified of Stalin and thus did not rebel against him- look at Dekulakisation and the Great Terror- many were too terrified to do anything wrong. He orchestrated the Great Terror to solidify his personal dictatorship therefore rebellions were unlikely to happen. Perhaps if Lenin's Testament had been released, there may have been rebellions but Stalin repressed that before it could do any major damage (it said that Stalin should be stripped of all power). He was seen to be the 'true disciple of Lenin' after a speech at Lenin's funeral, who many loved which suggests he wasn't majorly disliked. Looking at primary sources, you can see how many people actually loved Stalin despite his harsh policies of collectivisation and the Five Year Plans. So much propaganda was released and he did help to improve industrialisation therefore people didn't feel discontented enough to rebel. He created the 'cult personality' which started off with young children in Youth Pioneer movements to condition them to support him and be loyal to him over everyone else. The Show Trials of the Great Terror were used to instil fear in people so they wouldn't rebel and the OGPU would arrest random people to the point that it was rare that anything negative was even said about Stalin, never mind rebelling against him. Although Stalin was paranoid that there were 'enemies everywhere' (hence the Great Terror), there actually wasn't anyone willing to rebel against him because he was so powerful- the police and the Bolshevik Party were full of his men. Hope this helped
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(Original post by abbie_laurenx)
In terms of Stalin- I would look at the Power Struggle in which he faced opposition from Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev (the United Opposition) as well as Bucharin. Many people were terrified of Stalin and thus did not rebel against him- look at Dekulakisation and the Great Terror- many were too terrified to do anything wrong. He orchestrated the Great Terror to solidify his personal dictatorship therefore rebellions were unlikely to happen. Perhaps if Lenin's Testament had been released, there may have been rebellions but Stalin repressed that before it could do any major damage (it said that Stalin should be stripped of all power). He was seen to be the 'true disciple of Lenin' after a speech at Lenin's funeral, who many loved which suggests he wasn't majorly disliked. Looking at primary sources, you can see how many people actually loved Stalin despite his harsh policies of collectivisation and the Five Year Plans. So much propaganda was released and he did help to improve industrialisation therefore people didn't feel discontented enough to rebel. He created the 'cult personality' which started off with young children in Youth Pioneer movements to condition them to support him and be loyal to him over everyone else. The Show Trials of the Great Terror were used to instil fear in people so they wouldn't rebel and the OGPU would arrest random people to the point that it was rare that anything negative was even said about Stalin, never mind rebelling against him. Although Stalin was paranoid that there were 'enemies everywhere' (hence the Great Terror), there actually wasn't anyone willing to rebel against him because he was so powerful- the police and the Bolshevik Party were full of his men. Hope this helped
THANK YOUUU! this was such a big help, I really appreciate it
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