The Bolshevik Revolution And The Revolution

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The Bolshevik revolution started in February 1917 and concluded in October with the seizure of power. There were different aspects that lead to this victory. Bolsheviks had been a minority previously, but after 1917 February they started gaining members rapidly and by 1917 October they had 350, 000 members in the party. To see how they finally were victorious one would have to look at the revolution as a longer phenomenon that took months to reach a final result. The workers were significant to the Bolshevik revolution, especially in comparison to the other classes who contributed, but did not have the same power over the events as the workers did. Looking at the revolutionary period, there were times when if the workers had not supported…show more content…
Therefore, there were many violent uprisings that the government could not put an end to during the summer of 1917. Moreover, at that time soldiers thought that after the fall of the Tsar the war would be over, but with that as well the Provisional Government decided to wait until the Constituent Assembly had been elected. This lead to mass desertions from the trenches and the front. The situation was only improved with Order no. 1 by the Soviet as they took control over the army and created a democratized army that has been criticized by being too weak, but at that time it did settle the soldiers for a while. Furthermore, it gained stronger support from the soldiers to the Soviet power. With the peasantry the Bolsheviks did use the chaos in the countryside for their gain, but other than that they were not a peasant party nor did they think this was the right moment to interact with them. Trotsky believed that Bolsheviks used the peasant situation, but only the workers could win the revolution and only after seizing power could an agrarian reformation be worked into the Bolshevik plan, thus winning over the peasants later. Also, the party leaders were not that closely related to the workers and they certainly were not close to the peasants, none of the leaders understood the peasants and most did not deem them important to the revolutionary
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