The Russian Revolution Of 1917

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The Russian Revolution of 1917 swept the country into an entirely new epoch, changing a monarch-led country into the Soviet Union and spreading the red of communism in waves through generations. A powerful team of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky organized the Bolsheviks, or Red Army, in political and military strategy against the Menshevik White Army. Part of their success came from the lack of unification of the Mensheviks. While the White Army banded together under a simply ‘anti-Bolshevik’ policy, the Red Army was spurred on by one philosophy: communism. However, only the broader-picture ideals of the Communist Manifesto directly influenced the Bolsheviks. Instead they modified Marx’s teachings, because Lenin believed Marx’s plans were created specifically for Germany, and because Russia had not achieved the high level of industrialization needed for a full proletariat revolution. As a result, the literal teachings of the Communist Manifesto were lost in the whirl of Lenin’s socialist dictatorship and Bolshevik propaganda, but in the end, Russia was still moving towards communist goals. From early on, Lenin was well acquainted with Marx and Engels’ works and referenced them often in his writing. His wife Nadezhda wrote, ‘In his first big work, published illegally by him in 1894, “Who are the Friends of the People?” there are quotations from the “Communist Manifesto,” the “Critique of Political Economy,” the “Poverty of Philosophy,” “German Ideology,” “The Letter of Marx

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