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How important was Lenin in bringing about the Russian Revolution of October 1917

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How important was Lenin in bringing about the Russian Revolution of October 1917 There were many factors which caused the revolution in Russia in October 1917. An important factor was Lenin, the leader of the Bolsheviks. However, I am going to discuss just how important Lenin was in the revolution.Would the revolution have even happened if it wasn't for Lenin? I am going to find this out by looking at the other factors that caused the revolution and finally coming to a conclusion as to how important Lenin was in helping the Bolsheviks take power. Lenin was important in bringing about the russian revolution for a number of reasons. Lenin went through a lot of work to convince the Bolshevik party Committee of his plans even after his proposal was defeated he still managed to convince them that his plans were right. This makes Lenin a very important factor in bringing the revolution about. ...read more.


Because of the poor state of the Russian First World War campaign, especially when Kerensky launched a failed attack on the Germans, people wanted the war to end, so they turned to the Bolsheviks for support as they were the only party who were against the First World War. The First World War also helped bring about the revolution because the Germans helped Lenin get back into Russia. The provisional government was also a factor that bought the need for revolution.There was a lot of pressure on the provisional government to change things around because there was still a bitter taste in peoples mouths left over from Tsarism. Because of the dual power of the provisional government, they could not decide on things like giving land to the peasants, which meant that nothing had changed in Russia which also meant that the country stayed in the same poor state as it was under the Tsar. ...read more.


Although Lenin made the plan for the revolution, Trotsky made Lenin realise that the 7th of November was the right time to do it, we do not know if Lenin would have succeeded if he did the revolution at the end of October, but what we do know is that the 7th November, the time Trotsky picked, definetely worked. This means that Trotsky deserves credit for bringing about the revolution too. Overall, I think that Lenin was a major factor in bringing about the October 1917 revolution and the evidence to show that if Lenin was not there, the Bolsheviks wouldnt have seized power is overwhelming. However, a factor that was just as important was Kerensky and the Provisional Government's weaknesses. Lenin expertly knew how to play off these weaknesses to his advantage which ultimately brought about the revolution which brought the Bolsheviks power in Russia. But Lenin was not the sole saviour of the Bolsheviks, Trotsky was also a major factor because the time which he planned to carry out the revolution was impeccable and his expert tactics made it very easy for the Bolsheviks to take power. ...read more.

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