How Did The Great Depression Help The Nazis?
I agree fully with this statement as I believe that due to the ingenuity and influence that Lenin had, as well as the timing of the Revolution, he was able to easily overcome any resistance and seize power.
At the time of the Revolution Russia was in total chaos and the people were looking for radical solutions in a time of disarray. The war was going horrifically for the country as millions were dying, food was scarce and starvation was everywhere due to shortages because of the war. Troops were abandoning their posts and returning home all whilst the Tsar believed his people were safe and in his ignorance thought no chance of an uprising. After the events of Autumn 1917 the Bolsheviks were seen as the saviours of Petrograd and as a result their popularity was at an all time high. But in the meantime peasants were seizing lands in the countryside and the economic crisis was reaching a critical level. The moment was perfect for Lenin to seize control of Petrograd, but first he needed to gain the support of the people and build up a force strong enough to start his Revolution.
Bolsheviks, are described as laving a ‘highly organised and well disciplined’ fighting force; the Revolution is described as showing Lenin’s ‘genius as a leader of the masses’, saying how he acted ‘wisely’ and was very courageous. Again we see how Lenin is portrayed in a good light as a man of the people and a clever and brave leader of a party with a well organised fighting force.
In reality Lenin was a very intelligent and influential leader, he alone was responsible for the Russian Revolution of 1917, responding to the people’s calling and became their ‘saviour’. He was able to win the Civil War and come out on top with his renamed Communist Party with a 5 million strong Red Army. Therefore this Source, although perhaps rather overambitious and partial sided to Lenin’s greater achievements, as both Source were written from the...