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How Significant Was Leon Trotsky's Role In the October/November Russian Revolution In 1917

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IB1 HIGHER LEVEL HISTORY INTERNAL ASSESSMENT HOW SIGNIFICANT WAS LEON TROTSKY'S ROLE IN THE OCTOBER/NOVEMBER RUSSIAN REVOLUTION IN 1917 Word count: 1555 Contents: Page three: Plan of Investigation Summary of evidence Page five: Evaluation of sources Analysis Page six: Conclusion List of sources A. Plan of Investigation How significant was Leon Trotsky's Role in the October/November Russian Revolution in 1917? The Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917 in Russia was a revolution of influential writing, skilled persuasion and precise organization rather than an armed conflict between parties. Leon Trotsky was one of the foremost influential revolutionists of the October Russian Revolution. The aim of this investigation is to find the root causes of the revolution that took place in Petrograd and determine the impact that Leon Trotsky had on the outcome. This investigation will cover the situation in Russia during the collaboration, Trotsky's actions that lead to the revolution from May to October and lastly Trotsky's role and position, both politically and ideally. An analysis of these sections should reveal the significance of Trotsky's role in this affair. A breadth of sources will be used including primary texts written by Trotsky himself and from many of the worlds most renowned Russian historians. ...read more.

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3. Trotsky's Role and Position During the Bolshevik Revolution Trotsky and Lenin were the two main collaborators of the revolution in Petrograd. Together they could sway any crowd into revolution with Lenin's leadership and Trotsky's prose. Lenin however was the clear leader; he tactfully organized the timing of the insurrection, holding out until the last moment.8 Lenin's initial approach to the revolution was to replicate the events of February and bring down the government through street demonstrations with thousands of working class followers. His plan failed bitterly and under the direction of Trotsky the two of them orchestrated the plan to commission troops and seize the nerve centers of the government.9 Trotsky's plan was put into motion when he assumed power of the Military Revolutionary Committee on.10 The committee paved the way for the revolution by putting a significant force behind their words. All of the physical seizure of power was carried out by the committee which under Trotsky's discretion. It was Trotsky's seizure of the Winter Palace on the night of the 25th that finally brought the revolution to an end and the power of Russia into the hands of the Bolsheviks.11 Afterwards Lenin offered Trotsky the position as leader of the new government.12 C. ...read more.

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Using his remarkable and persuasive speaking abilities he was able to win over entire crowds of people to the Bolshevik cause. Adding to this Trotsky brought with him 4000 followers from the Mezhraiontsy. These talents gained the much needed support of the oppressed and angered working classes that Lenin was less successful in converting. Trotsky's military influences were the defining point of his significance in the revolution. He organized the Military Revolutionary Committee in which he put forth the plan to start the revolution by seizing the government's infrastructure by force. The committee sought out and deployed forces loyal to the cause which were said to be around 45 000 on the eve of the revolution. This military organization is recognized as the most significant factor that displaced the Provisional Government from power during the revolution. Without a doubt Trotsky played one of the most significant single roles in the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917. Second only to Lenin, his influences were inherently necessary for the eventual success of the revolution. Utilizing military might Trotsky was able to quickly displace the Provisional Government from power. Through his excellent speeches he was able to rally the common people to the cause of the Bolsheviks giving them the support that they required to make their plans a success. E. ...read more.

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