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'Without Lenin there would have been no revolution' - David Footman, an academic British historian specialising in Russian history - The Russian Revolution (1962) - How valid is this interpretation of Footman's interpretation of the Russian Revolution?
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Revolution in Russia, Civil War and the rule of Stalin, (1917 - 41)
'Without Lenin there would have been no revolution'. David Footman, an academic British historian specialising in Russian history. The Russian Revolution (1962).
How valid is this interpretation of Footman's interpretation of the Russian Revolution?
The interpretation written by David Footman suggests that if Lenin hadn't been involved there would have been no revolution.
However, there have been other interpretations by other historians such as S.A. Smith, who wrote Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917 - 18, (1983). This interpretation suggests that Lenin had been an important factor in the revolution, however, there had been other influences, an example being, the part played by the masses. Also, another interpretation is that the revolution occurred because of the failure of the Provisional Government, to meet the radical demands of the people, and therefore this had made it easier for the Bolsheviks to seize power.
However, we have to question the source value. Footman may have used views and sources from other historians before the 1960s. However, there are many limitations of these views. An
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