How far do you agree that Lenins leadership was the main reason why the Bolsheviks were able to seize power?

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How far do you agree that Lenin’s leadership was the main reason why the Bolsheviks were able to seize power?  

The Bolsheviks were able to successfully seize power for many reasons. Firstly the weakness of the provisional government made it easy to take power, secondly Trotsky’s careful planning made sure the take-over was executed with great efficiency and finally the return of Lenin did help to build support and encourage the Bolsheviks to seize power.

The First main reason the Bolsheviks were able to seize power was the failure the Provisional Government brought on itself. It had failed miserably in solving Russia’s problems. The government was unsuccessful in combating the problem of having two governments it simply undermined its own power by doing nothing to stop the Soviets, it continued to fight a war the country could not afford and that was not supported by its people and a war in which in the end Russia did badly in, plus there was a massive lack of control over the countryside and so peasants seized control of land again proving the lack of authority the provisional government held. Ultimately all of these problems and the lack of authority was a huge factor in the downfall of the Provisional Government, you could argue that the government would have been overthrown without Lenin’s leadership of the Bolsheviks as it was already widely unpopular and failing dramatically.

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Another way in which the Bolsheviks were able to seize power is again thanks to the Provisional Government. In August 1917 The Kornilov Affair took place.  General Kornilov of the Russian army believed that Russia was about to topple into anarchy and he told Kerensky, who was at the time the Prime Minister of the Provisional Government, that he planned to bring loyal troops to Petrograd to defend and save the government. However Kerensky condemned his plan and told Kornilov to stand down, after this Kerensky made two fatal mistakes in asking all citizens of Petrograd to take up ...

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This is a clearly structured response that shows good understanding of the key events that led to the October revolution. There are many counter arguments that need to be considered more though. 4 out of 5 stars.