how bolsheviks siezed power in 1917 - key factors

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  • How did the Bolsheviks sieze power in 1917? key factors
    • weaknesses of the provisional government
      • july days
        • exploited PG as weak
        • series of strikes/protests
      • unappealing policies
        • continuation of war
        • not redistributing land
      • not elected
      • temporary
      • dual power
    • strengths of the bolsheviks
      • april theses
        • end to war
        • all power to soviets
        • peace, bread, land
      • Kornilov affair showed Bolsheviks could lead
      • policies appealed to the masses
      • increase in membership
    • mistakes of the provisional government
      • the Kornilov plot: PG released many Bolsheviks from prison and armed them
        • Bolsheviks seen as heroes
        • PG's authority collapsed
      • June offensive
        • extremely high desertion rates
        • loss of thousands of soldiers and territory
      • lifted and reintroduced censorship
      • slow to call elections
    • luck/other reasons
      • lenin not recognised by police
      • june offensive fail
      • Trotsky switches sides
      • February revolution
      • took power before congress of soviets and Kerensky's elections
    • weaknesses of other parties
      • supported the war - not what the people wanted
        • lost them support
      • kadets - only served wealthy classes
        • enabled Bolsheviks to use propaganda against them
      • mensheviks - no clear plan to sieze power
        • associated with PG
    • key individuals
      • Trotsky
        • main organiser
        • in control of the red guards
      • stalin
        • freedom of speech propaganda
      • lenin
        • strong leadership
        • leader of the bolsheviks

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