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

The Rise of the Bolshevik Party

Extracts from this document...


Meghan Woods September 27, 2004 20th Century World Topics/Pr.1 The Rise of the Bolshevik Party On the night of October 25, 1917, the Bolshevik Party of Russia seized control of the Winter Palace in Petrograd without firing a single shot. However, this silent successful opportunity had been in the works for many years. The Bolshevik party rose to power in Russia by giving in to the needs of the people, having superb organizational skills, and their ability to take advantage of a weak provisional government, especially after the Kornilov Affair took place. The combination of all of these conditions enabled the Bolsheviks to take control of Russia and keep her in its iron fist for years to come. The Bolshevik party gained popularity and support by giving in to the needs and wants of the people of Russia. ...read more.


He also passed the Decree on Peace, guaranteeing the right of self-determination to all people. Lenin introduced an eight hour workday and gave control of the factories to the workers. The Bolshevik party won tremendous support from the masses, as the people saw their life-long wishes come true. Moreover, the organization of the Bolshevik party played a key role in their rise to power. After the abdication of Tsar Nicolas, Russia had a very unstable political atmosphere. The provisional government was very weak, only present in Russia to preside over the political atmosphere until a general election was held. The Provisional Government issued countless laws intended to rectify the abuses of the old regimem but it never created a set of new institutions to replace those it had destroyed. ...read more.


General Kornilov was appointed Commander in Chief of the Russian Page 2 forces by Alexander Kerensky, the new prime minister of Russia. However, Kerensky believed that Kornilov was going to try to become dictator of Russia and accused Kornilov of treason. Kornilov, along with other prominent generals, was tried in court. The Kornilov affair shattered Kerensky's relationship with the army and gave the Bolsheviks fresh hope for a takeover. In October, when the Bolsheviks seized power, Kerensky pleaded with the military to help him defeat the oncoming Bolsheviks. But Kerensky would receive no help from the army, allowing the Bolsheviks to take control of Russia unopposed. The peaceful takeover on October 25, 1917 was a victory for the Bolshevik party. With their excellent organizational skills, their understanding of the people of Russia, and the opportunity created by the Kornilov affair, enabled the Bolshevik party to rise to power in Russia, a power that would become infamous for its corruption and fatalities in the future. ...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 Politics 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 Politics essays

  1. How did the failure of the Provisional Government allow for the rise of the ...

    to maintain huge pubic support while the Provisional Government kept losing support due to its liberal views. The Bolsheviks took advantage of the slow proceedings of the Provisional Government and implemented their own ideals for the working proletariat. Thus the lack of political direction in the Provisional Government allowed the Bolsheviks to rise to power.

  2. The Rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire.

    Generals believed no conquest could last without the support of those conquered, and so these wars were easy on the average peasant. The Ottomans also had an early form of polling by using Friday prayers. One aspect of these prayers was to pray for the welfare and life of the ruler.


    actor representing the interests of the general public is uniquely positioned to investigate and bring to light cases of corruption. This is achieved through various functions: (a) Creating public awareness about corruption (b) Formulating and promoting action plans to fight corruption (c)

  2. To what extent did Alexander II succeed in reforming Russian life and institutions?

    On the other hand, there were those who stood for complete serf freedom. Then, Alexander II appointed an Editorial Commission led by Nicholas Alexevich Milyutin in order to lead to emancipation of serfdom. In 1860 the Commission's work was concluded: the Statute of Emancipation came out and it was implemented in three phases which I will explain.

  1. The Revolution of 1905 in Russia

    Liberalism The third element in the anti-tsarist movement was the liberals. Liberalism got invigorated by the relief work of 1891-1892. As you would expect, the liberals rejected socialism, revolutionary methods, and also bureaucratic arbitrariness practiced by the tsar's government with abandon. The liberals longed for economic and social reforms.

  2. The rise of the Republican Party.

    There's no time for quarreling between themselves. If the 8 years of Clinton has taught the Republicans anything it is that as long as they're in power, the leader can do no wrong. This view has obviously helped Bush tremendously.

  1. It was the weakness of the provisional government that brought the October revolution about ...

    It is almost certain that the Bolsheviks would not have gained a majority in any assembly as was shown later on; once the Bolsheviks had seized power, they called a constituent assembly in 1918 and gained just 23% of the vote, with the SRs at 40%.

  2. Why Summer Never Came to Russia.

    Soviets issued Order No 1, allowing the army to obey the Provisional Government insofar as the orders were in keeping with the Soviet. Therefore, the army would follow the commands of the Soviet and would not be used in any actions to counter those of the Revolution.

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