Explain Trotskys contribution to the success of the Bolsheviks up to 1922

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Explain Trotsky’s contribution to the success of the Bolsheviks up to 1922

Today’s most important contribution was his organisation during the October Revolution. His leadership continued throughout his other achievements such as the Civil war, creating the Red Army and crushing the rising Kronstadt Revolution.

Trotsky’s original loyalty lay with the Mensheviks - from 1903 – and in 1905 he was appointed chairman of St. Petersburg Soviet. Although he had Mensheviks doubts about Lenin, he agreed the logic of his slogans. The Bolshevik Party started to appeal to people as they promised the people, “bread, peace, land” and they had also removed the threat of Kornilov. Trotsky joined the Bolsheviks in June 1917. He was disliked by the Bolsheviks, due to his arrogance and intellengent, aswell as his Mensheviks background. Within around 6 weeks of joining the party, Trotsky was seen as Lenin’s “number 2” in the party. This created importance concerning Trotsky and he then went on to contribution to the October Revolution.  

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As Trotsky played a major part in organising the October Revolution, it brought the Bolsheviks to power.  In March 1918 Trotsky became Commissioner for War. When the Bolsheviks staged the coup, Trotsky was in charge. They succeeded and captured the government buildings and the Winter Palace in Petrograd. During the October revolution, the majority of the soviet was made up of Left SRs.

Trotsky was praisesd for the creation of the Red Army. “in the organization of the Red Army the consistency and firmness of proletarian leadership in an alliance between the workers and the toiling peasantry against ...

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