Was War Communism the Main Reason Why the Bolsheviks Were Able to Remain in Power Between 1918-1924?

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Was war communism the main reason why the Bolsheviks were able to remain in power between 1918-1924? There were many reasons why the Bolsheviks were able to remain in power. Lenin and Trotsky teamwork and leadership gave them a great advantage because they really knew how to control their team. The red army was incredibly stronger than the whites. The red army knew what they were fighting for whereas the whites really didn’t have any idea of what their ambition was. The Bolsheviks also had the central lines, which enabled them to travel all around the country guaranteeing that the red army troops could get all the necessities that they needed. Finally, war communism was also a contributor to why the Bolsheviks were able to remain in…show more content…
Another reason why they were able to remain in power was the weakness of the Whites. Their weakness gave the Reds a huge advantage, as it meant that the Reds could over power them. The whites were divided into two sections, lead by Kolchak and Denikin. They hated each other, and therefore didn’t communicate. This caused confusion in the Whites because they were telling everyone two different things. Overall, the Whites had no main ambition for fighting, but were deeply divided to communicate to one and other. The only thing keeping them united was their hatred for the Bolsheviks. The only thing that gave the Whites an advantage was that the British, French and Americans supported the Whites because they wanted Russia back in the war against Germany. Foreign support was sort of counter-production because it allowed the Reds to play the patriotic role and claim to be defending Russia. Although the Whites were weak, the reason they were able to keep hold of power was due to the Red’s success. The Whites were divided socially, by the two generals, but were also geographically divided. The Whites were dispersed all across Russia, which again caused a lot of communication issues. In comparison, the Reds were in good control by Lenin and Trotsky. The Reds had the central railway lines, which enabled Trotsky to travel across Russia to make sure he could deploy

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