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The following were all equally important reasons why the Bolsheviks won the Civil war of 1918-21: - Bolshevik Strengths - Foreign Intervention - White deficiencies Explain how far you agree with this statement.

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The following were all equally important reasons why the Bolsheviks won the Civil war of 1918-21: - Bolshevik Strengths - Foreign Intervention - White deficiencies Explain how far you agree with this statement. The Bolshevik strengths were that they had a great military leader, Leon Trotsky. He raised the morale of the Red army, which meant that would inspire them to achieve more than they thought was possible. Trotsky also made important strategic decisions like bringing back the older, more experienced Tsarist generals which meant the Red army would be more efficient and organised. The Bolsheviks had unity between them, as they were all fighting for the same reason and were joint together by the leadership of their military leader, Trotsky. They were committed and it paid off with them finally winning the civil war in 1917. ...read more.

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They entered the war to get Russia back into the war with Germany, but were unsure as to what they would do if the war ended. Despite this they agreed to enter through on the basis of their hatred towards Communism. The down side was that the war ended almost immediately, so the foreign powers had no desire to fight another war, as they had just finished fighting a long, major war. This meant that they became a hindrance to the Whites and ironically aided the red army. The Bolsheviks saw this as an opening to use propaganda (see above) to effectively manipulate the situation to look as if the foreign powers were the patriotic defenders of Russia against foreign invasion. So the foreign intervention linked with the Bolshevik strength of successful and useful propaganda, which led to the Bolsheviks winning the civil war. ...read more.

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This connects to the unity, which is one of the Bolshevik strengths. They are all fighting for the same reason and are all under one leader, who inspired the Red army to victory in 1921. The lack of commitment is one of the Whites weaknesses and links with the foreign intervention. There is a clear interaction between the Bolsheviks strength of recruiting Trotsky and how it clearly benefited them. So, the Whites being divided, having no agenda or leader and being disorganised led to the Bolsheviks winning the civil war of 1918-21. In conclusion, there are many reasons why the Bolsheviks won but it came down to the Bolshevik strengths, foreign intervention and the white deficiencies. There is no one reason that is more important than the others because the three factors are connected so closely which means that they are equally important in causing the Bolsheviks to win the Civil war of 1918-21. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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