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The Bolsheviks were successful in coming to power in the end of the 1917 revolution for a number of reasons, which

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AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945

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Why were the Bolsheviks the ultimate victors in the events of 1917 ?

The Bolsheviks were successful in coming to power in the end of the 1917 revolution for a number of reasons, which all contributed to one another to result in the Bolsheviks coming to power in 1917. These factors include the weakness of the provisional government, the brilliance of Lenin as a public speaker, effective and successful propaganda, the strong and obedient private army of the Bolsheviks, the Red Guards, well led by Trotsky and the excellent organisation of the Bolshevik party.

The weakness of the provisional government, with it's infighting and lack of cohesion between different parties, who although had relatively minor differences, all had the same main objective of turning Russia into a liberal democracy, was an important factor in the Bolsheviks successfully coming to power. This inability to stand as one together meant the provisional government could not as effectively resist the strength of the Bolsheviks.

Similarly, the distinct lack of support for the provisional government among the industrial working class was crucial in it's downfall and the Bolsheviks gaining power. It's inability to solve problems such as famine

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