what problems did Lenin face after October

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  • what problems did Lenin face after October 1917 and how did he deal with them?
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      • Lenin used the soviet to pass the decree on land. all land was confiscated and handed to the peasants
        • fulfilled their promise of peace, land bread.
          • if anything just gave consent to what was already happening.
          • compramise of principles: they wanted land for the state not the people. this was a social revolutionary policy
        • peasants had seized land across the country
      • peace decree: end to the war
        • fulfilled peace land and bread again
          • massive loss of land, industry and population due to treaty but was nessisary
            • one third of population lost. one third of agricultural land and over half of industry
        • Russia was still at war with Germany and Austria-Hungary
          • Germans where only 100 miles from Petrograd
      • set up a new government  and its bodies
        • neded to create a government free of the soviets. they where under risk of being vote out
        • at the top was Sovnarkom. Lenin was chairman. (role was similar to prime minister)
      • the constituent assembly went along as planned. the Bolsheviks got little support at all
        • The Bolsheviks  did not have support every where (only in the major cities)
          • would not have the public support to cancel the constituent assembly
        • the Bolsheviks scrambled the meetings with the red army.
          • the opposition was divided. the left of the SR's left with Lenin. the Mensheviks where also divided into two camps
    • problems
      • Russia was still at war with Germany and Austria-Hungary
        • Germans where only 100 miles from Petrograd
      • peasants had seized land across the country
      • Industrial production had slumped due to new "freedoms" they received under provisional government
      • Unemployment and inflation had risen
      • The Bolsheviks  did not have support every where (only in the major cities)
        • would not have the public support to cancel the constituent assembly
      • the bolsheviks had no experience running the country
      • civil servents and state banks refused to deal with them
      • neded to create a government free of the soviets. they where under risk of being vote out

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