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There would have been no second revolution without Lenin How far do you agree with this statement?

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"There would have been no second revolution without Lenin" How far do you agree with this statement? After the February revolution in 1917 in which the Tsar was forced to abdicate the Provisional Government was formed but after a few turbulent months in power it was forced out after the Bolshevik revolution in October of 1917. Lenin was the leader of the Bolsheviks and his arrival in Petrograd after being in hiding in Finland was very important as it was Lenin who persuaded the other Bolshevik leaders to seize power sooner rather than later. Without Lenin there may have been a second revolution but it may not have been a Bolshevik one, especially as so many of the Bolshevik leaders wanted to wait before the planned revolution, and it may not have had the success of the October revolution. The situation in Russia was perhaps such that any revolution would have had some degree of success, Russians felt failed by the Provisional Government especially because the war was still taking place and peasants had not been given land. ...read more.

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However railway workers stopped the trains carrying the troops and Kornilov failed, the Red Guards kept their guns and the Bolsheviks were seen as being the 'saviours of Petrograd' and their support was at an all time high and the time seemed to be right for a revolution .There were factors completely beyond the control of Lenin that meant the second revolution was successful and although he played a big part in organising the revolution its success was also down to other factors outside of the Bolsheviks. Although it was Lenin who was most determined for the revolution to happen sooner rather than later the other Bolsheviks did play an important role in guaranteeing the success of the revolution. Lenin was very well known in Russia and his fame and his ability to win over people may have been important but was not the only way the Bolshevik's gained support. For example the Bolshevik's slogan of "Bread, Peace and Land" and the simplicity of this message meant that many Russian's supported the Bolsheviks and although Lenin's famous oratory skills may have gained the Bolshevik's some support ...read more.

Conclusion

The Bolsheviks were seemingly the most well organised revolutionary group and their promises of "Bread, Peace and Land" secured support for them and although Lenin was clearly an important figure it was not at all completely down to him that the Bolshevik Revolution was a success, although it is important to consider how long it might have take for the Bolshevik Revolution to take place where it not for Lenin's constant pressure for action on the other Bolsheviks. Overall I feel that although there were clearly other factors that affected the success of the second revolution, most notably the failings of the Provisional Government, without Lenin the Bolsheviks might not have tried to seize power till later and may not have had as much success, if the Bolsheviks revolution had not take place there might not have been any second revolution as there were few other groups as strong as the Bolsheviks. I think that although the second revolution was not completely down to Lenin he played a very important role in it and it would have not been the same, or even happened at all without him. ...read more.

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