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How far do you agree that success of the Bolshevik Revolution was due to the skill and determination of Lenin?

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How far do you agree that success of the Bolshevik Revolution was due to the skill and determination of Lenin? There?s no doubt Lenin played a crucial role in the events of October 1917. As he is shown as the symbol the October Revolution, he must have been a figure of huge significance. The sole fact that Germany sent him to Russia indicates how important he was felt to be. Germans believed that his revolutionary actions would stir chaos throughout Russia and make it unable to continue the war or that, if he gets power, he will end war (which he promised to do). ...read more.

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Lenin was the one who commanded and led Bolsheviks. His April Theses entirely changed the aims of the Bolshevik Party. The October Revolution was his idea and he succeeded in persuading the partly reluctant Bolshevik Central Committee that it was the right time to start it. After the revolution he was the head of the government so people knew about his contribution to the revolution. On the other hand, Lenin was absent from Russia most of the time while other Bolshevik revolutionaries were present. It can be said that he just got in on the act. Other factors that might have contributed to revolution are definitely problems of the Provisional Government. ...read more.

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Trotsky was a Chairman of the Petrograd Soviet and, using his influence, had himself appointed as one of the ?troika? (body controlling the Military Revolutionary Committee). Then he had on disposal the only effective military force in Petrograd which he used at the start of the Bolshevik Revolution to seize the key vantage points in Petrograd. All things considered, the October Revolution was mainly due to Lenin's skill and determination. It wouldn't have happened without the people?s support which Lenin earned thanks to his skill and determination. If other revolutionaries such as Trotsky weren't involved the revolution might have been harder to carry out and more bloody but it would still have happened. ...read more.

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