Lenin's Role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

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Lenin's Role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 After March 1917, the Russian revolution was yet to be completed. The Tsar had been overthrown, the power and responsibility of the government of Russia had been passed on 'duelly' to the Provincial Government and the workers Soviet, the most powerful Soviet in Petrograd. In November 1917, the second revolution was planned, a Bolshevik revolution. Evidence around the Bolshevik revolution is not completely reliable, but it is widely agreed that events in November 1917 were not as the Bolsheviks later described and boasted. Soviet censored films, art and literature after 1917 record an incredibly contradictory image of the November revolution than the picture that is the truth. In Eisenstein's film 'October' that was made in 1927, the storming of the Winter Palace where the Provincial Government were, was shown as a heroic, brave, but a violent struggle of the Russian masses overcoming a government that they thought had no interest in the people's wishes. The film portrays the Russian spirit standing up against hunger, war and laws that prevented peasants from owning land, and how it was by their sheer will and force that the government was overthrown. This myth perhaps continues into the role of Lenin in the Bolshevik revolution. In the film 'October', Lenin is portrayed as an inspiring, courageous, all great leader who was followed by thousands of Russians. This is simply not the complete real case. As one witness describes; "I heard shouting in the street of Lenin! Lenin!, but we had no idea who this Lenin was." It is interesting to note that it took a further three years for Lenin ... ... middle of paper ... ...cial Government helped the Bolsheviks gain support by their mistakes and gave the Bolsheviks fuel to use against them. Other parties were disorganised and the people were induring food shortages and bad conditions, they had little else to turn to. On the night of the November revolution there was little resistance and only 1 in 600 Russians supported the Bolsheviks. However, it remains that Lenin knew he was going to die and he wanted to be alive to see the revolution. It was Lenin who insisted and pushed the Bolsheviks into motion. I think he was an important factor in the November 1917 revolution, but there were many other factors that allowed the Bolshevik revolution to take place. Alone he could not have made the revolution happen, but it was all other contributing events that brought the revolution together.
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