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Why was there a second revolution in Russiain 1917?

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Joanna Vickers LVN 24/03/03 Why was there a second revolution in Russia in 1917? There was a second revolution in Russia in 1917 for a variety of different reasons. It was particularly the mistakes made by the provisional government and the problems caused by the dual government and the previous revolution in February which had allowed the Bolsheviks to make a leap to power in this revolution. If the February revolution had not taken place, the Czar would most likely still be in power, there would be no provisional government and therefore it would have been almost impossible for the Bolsheviks to plan an uprising. The February revolution left Russia in a state of confusion over who was in power, and most people were still dissatisfied as most of their grievances were still outstanding. ...read more.

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When Lenin was allowed to return in April by the Germans (in the hope he would help with Russian withdrawal from the war) he encouraged the Bolsheviks to oppose everything the provisional government did, ensuring that as the provisional government lost support the Bolsheviks would gain popularity, and not be associated with any mistakes that the provisional government made. Therefore the return of Lenin was a very important factor in the revolution as he initiated the separation from the government. Joanna Vickers LVN Lenin was right, the provisional government made many mistakes that lost them a great deal of respect and support. This made it much easier for the Bolsheviks to gain supporters of angry Russians who wanted to remove the provisional government from power. ...read more.

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released the Bolshevik leaders from prison and armed their supporters. However, Kornilov never reached Petrograd, and so the Bolsheviks were left free and armed in Petrograd, leaving them in a perfect position to begin a rebellion. Soon after this, the Bolsheviks won control of the Petrograd Soviet, and demanded that the soldiers must obey the Soviet. This gave them power to up rise, on the 25th October the Winter Palace was stormed, and a week later the Bolsheviks won control in Moscow. Altogether, I think it is fair to say that the February revolution was the long term cause for the second revolution, as it left Russia unstable and confused over who was in control. The short term reasons were the mistakes made by the provisional government and their increasing unpopularity, and also Lenin's cunning plans to attract support away from the provisional government to the Bolsheviks. ...read more.

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