• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Was Lenin a good leader

Extracts from this document...


Was Lenin a good leader? During the time period of 1917 until 1924, Lenin remained in full power of Russia through the Bolshevik party. During this time he made major decisions that affected the Russian people in a positive or negative way, reflecting whether he was a good or bad leader. This essay will look at the actions of Lenin and the Bolsheviks in their rein to see whether his leadership ship skills were good or bad. Overall, Lenin appeared to be a good leader and had a natural talent to lead his party to success. His good leadership was shown first shown by the civil war, which led the Reds into power or Russia. Despite foreign support of that the Whites had, eventually they were defeated by the Bolsheviks War Communism was very negative for the citizens of Russia and cause Lenin to become very unpopular with his people, especially the peasants. ...read more.


Putting new stricter workers in control at the factories caused factory workers to do their jobs properly; otherwise they would suffer the harsh punishments. All the grain was ceased from the peasants and was used to feed the Red Army, causing the peasants to loose their main source of food which lead to starvation and death amongst many. If any grain was hidden peasants were taunted and threatened until the grain was found, peasants began to grow less as they would rather give less to the Bolsheviks as they were unable to keep any. Lenin soon became extremely unpopular with the peasants, showing that his leadership skills were failing as the majority of his country no longer supported him. Lenin's policies became unbearable and serious opposition came to the government in March 1921. ...read more.


Lenin began to try and improve his peoples lives and to do this he introduced the NEP. The ceasing of the peasants grain was abolished, a certain amount still had to be taken but it was much less than before. The remaining grain that was produced could be sold or kept. Small scale businesses under private ownership were permitted; they were allowed to trade and make a profit. Private trades were also permitted; all the food and goods were moved more easily from the countryside to the towns, the shops began to open and all rationing was ended. The NEP proved to be successful, people were more happy, peasants grew more grain as the could keep and receive a profit from it and factory workers worked more efficiently as food wasn't rationed and the prices had dropped. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 essays

  1. The blance sheet for russia.

    can only be regarded as final when it becomes the victory of the proletariat in at least several advanced countries." (LCW, Vol. 30, pp. 207-8.) 20th November 1920: "The Mensheviks assert that we are pledged to defeating the world bourgeoisie on our own.

  2. How Successful Was Roosevelt’s New Deal?

    Roosevelt's 'New Deal' policies were inconsistent and he was constantly changing his mind. Nig businesses, despite his numerous attacks, proved to be very powerful and were constantly undermining his 'New Deal'. Despite the billions of dollars that Franklin D. Roosevelt had pumped into the economy, confidence was low and in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work