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How far do the sources suggest that Kornilov main aim in august 1917 was to crush the Bolsheviks?

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Book 8 page 30 A How far do the sources suggest that Kornilov main aim in august 1917 was to crush the Bolsheviks? Source 1 tells us that Kornilov states that he believes that the provisional government, under large pressure from the Bolsheviks is cooperating with the German high command to take Russia out of the war early. He believes that Russia is dying and becoming disheartened at the expected landing of enemy troops on Russian soil. He states that all he wants is for a Constitutional assembly to determine the fate of Russia. However when you compare this to source 3 which was written by a member of the provisional government, he states that Kerensky feared that Kornilov wanted only to become a Russian dictator. ...read more.

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Source 2 goes on to defend the July days incident in which the Bolsheviks attempted a coup, and simply says it is yet to be proven that it was not just a simply demonstration. If you compare source 2 to source 1 you will see the conflicting impressions of both the Bolsheviks and Kornilov. Source 1 talk about the Bolsheviks as on the German payroll and attempting to undermine the government, while source 2 talks about the Bolsheviks and how they are treated unfairly by Kornilov and the provisional government. On the other hand source 2 talks about Kornilov as a liar and worth of treason against Russia it also goes on to state that he attempted to blame his coup on the Bolsheviks. ...read more.

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The source goes on to tell us that when Kornilov marched on Petrograd with the intention of a coup Kerensky panicked and shouted for someone to help him. If you compare this source with the other two you will realise that this spends more time criticising Kornilov and Kerensky then the Bolsheviks. In conclusion I think that source 1 mainly criticises the Bolsheviks because it was written by Kornilov himself who wanted to blame his coup on the Bolsheviks. Source 2 is written by Lenin and so defends the Bolsheviks and describes the July days as a peaceful demonstration. Source 3 mainly talks about Kornilov and Kerensky's attempts at power because this was written by a Duma member it shows that Kerensky didn't have a lot of support in the government. David Farrell ...read more.

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