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Marxism was essentially a specific type of socialism which defined political characteristics to the general idea of socialism.After Marx's death, Lenin was strongly influenced by "Communist Manifesto". Having never met Marx, he based his Bolshavek party (the Communist Party) upon its principles. Stalin beat fellow Lenin disciple Trotsky to inherit the reigns of the Soviet Union. Trotsky sought to continue Lenin's efforts of aggressively establishing Communism throughout all the world.