Lenin noticed that his social economy was "stalling" so he decided to let the people have their old economy again. Lenin proceeded to put in place the "New Economic Policy" whereby he changed the economy of the USSR from a communist to a capitalist increasing the economy of the country drastically (http://www.bbc.co.uk). This policy lasted for many years after his death (http://www.bbc.co.uk). Lenin was a mastermind revolutionary, but he stalled as a statesman (http://www.pbs.org). Lenin lead the newly created Bolshevik party to the success of the October Revolution, the success of the Civil war between the Mensheviks, the allied powers and the Russian people versus the Bolsheviks, the communist party, and he then proceeded to create the "New Economic Policy" that led the newly formed USSR into economic prosperity.
After the death of Lenin, his chief lieutenant Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin fought for control of the country. Stalin was able to win out over Trotsky and gain control of the Russian government. He felt that Lenin and Trotsky’s socialistic ideas were flawed in that they were to wait for other countries to revolt and become socialistic as well. Staling believed that a single country could make socialism . In order for it to work, Russia had to become an industrial power at all costs.
Alexander Kerensky took over Russia and as turmoil escalated, Vladimir Lenin replaced him by promising three simple things: peace, bread and land. Lenin led the path to communism but died in 1924 of typhus. In 1929, Stalin took absolute power of Russia, later becoming the U.S.S.R or the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin had complete totalitarian control of Russia, making it a world superpower by industrializing fast. Joseph Stalin ultimately did more good in Russia/U.S.S.R than harm because of his economic technique of industrializing the country in a short time and his politically stable control of the U.S.S.R although he murdered many for the expansion of the country.
Consequences of Joseph Stalin's Leadership Stalin began his rise to power after the death of Lenin in 1924. At this time, Russia was in social, political and economic turmoil and suffering from ailing international relations following the revolution of 1917 and growth of a one party communist sate. The 'uprising of the proletariat' had occurred in a country without a recognisable working class. In order for Russian industry to develop, the political system needed stabilising and capital invested in the major companies. Stalin implemented hard-line tactics to obtain this in the shortest possible time - the consequences of this method of developing the country are to be discussed in this essay.
Trotsky’s ‘talent’ and ability’ was undoubted, however, it was insufficient to attain leadership of the Soviet Union. Following the death of Lenin, Lenin’s Testament confirmed Trotsky as the rightful successor, although his power struggle with Stalin resulted in exile from the Soviet Union and the rise of Stalin. Ultimately, Trotsky’s stringent and arrogant personality resulted in his failure to ‘rise to the highest office in the land.’ Trotsky’s emerging political role throughout 1905-1917 was significant to the consolidation of Bolshevik power in the Soviet Union. During this period, Trotsky’s leadership was defined by his reputation as a talented socialist and ‘charismatic figure’ (Christopher Hitchens). According to Hitchens, “1905 was his crucible, where he became a great speaker.” His qualities undeniably made him more than adequate to lead, and they were recognized as he was nominated head of the Soviet in 1905.
Through his accounts, V.V. Shulgin has given us a look in Russia from 1906 to 1917. Although he was more right than left politically, through his memoirs, we can see that he had mixed views about the events that were going around him. As Shulgin begins his memoirs with his plans for raising electors, he focuses on the clergymen, the large landowners and more impor... ... middle of paper ... ...cal power was the downfall of the Tsar, Russian autocracy, and the non-leftist political figures. Just as the Tsar left Russia, Shulgin also left the country for the increasing threat of the Bolsheviks.
What In Your View Is the Short term Significance of Leon Trotsky? Trotsky played a key role in the Bolshevik party, encouraging revolution, which saw the Bolsheviks gain power in 1917. He built up a strong Red Army during the civil war, used to ensure the survival of the Bolshevik government and was seen by many as the most likely candidate to take over as leader after Lenin’s death, showing the significance he was held in by Russians. However, evidence suggests that after Lenin’s death he lost his a considerable amount of power, eventually being exiled from the Communist party. In the short-term it is clear that Trotsky had a huge significance in the development of Russia, shown clearly through both his letters and documents, and the opinions of those close to Trotsky.
His name was Joseph V. Djugashvili, who became popularly known as Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), a name which translates as "made of steel." Having worked his way to the top through the early years of the Communist Revolution of 1917, Stalin fought for control of the revolution after Lenin's death in 1924. His main rival was another high Communist Party official, Leon Trotsky. By 1926, Stalin had driven Trotsky from his position as a Communist Party official. In 1929, Stalin ordered Trotsky to leave Russia altogether.
14.2 Stalin Stalin’s Rise to Power Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1929 to 1953. During these years, Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder. In 1922 he became secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, this role enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support. Once Lenin, who had been ruling, died Stalin was able to outsmart his other rivals and soon became the new leader for the Soviet Union. Stalin ruled the Soviet Union by terror.
Describing Lenin " A cruel tyrant, bloodthirsty and ruthless in his determination to seize and hold on to power" " He devoted his whole life to the interests of working people and to the building of a better society." Which of these two descriptions of Lenin do you think is closes to the truth. After several uprisings, demonstrations and a coup attempt, finally by mid October 1917 the Bolshevik movement gained pace and the Bolshevik revolution began between 25-27 October,as a result; the Provisinal government ministers were arrested and the 2nd Congress of the Soviets was announced. Lenin, appointed chairman. Later in December, Cheka; the all Russian Comission against counter-revolution was established.