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How accurate is it to say that strong leadership was the main factor responsible for
the consolidation of Bolshevik control of Russia, November 1917 to 1924?
Under strong leadership the Bolsheviks were able to come into power, overturning the
Provisional Government in the second revolution of the year. Lenin was an outstanding
figure during the Russian Revolution. The strong leadership is the main reason for the
consolidation of Bolshevik control of Russia however the poor leadership of the military and
the incompetence of the provisional government also helped.
Lenin became interested in radical politics and after his studies joined many discussion
groups, he quickly became a senior member in many of them. As his knowledge and
charisma was able to convince long-standing members of the radical organisations to allow
him to lead them shows how Lenin was able to convince the Russians to support him. Lenin
was also very strong willed which made him very decisive unlike the provisional government
which lacked support and authority. Furthermore Lenin made sure that there was no internal
conflicts between Bolsheviks making them a very strong fighting force against the
provisional government which makes it very accurate to say that strong leadership was the
main factor responsible for the consolidations of Bolshevik control of Russia. Lenin also had
a big vision of turning the country to a new way which took account of what the people
wanted. For example his slogan for the Bolsheviks was `Peace, Bread,Land' and this was very
effective in gaining a huge amount of support from the people of Russia. Continuing on
Lenin was also very willing to adapt to make sure that Russia survived. For example the
peace agreements with Germany. Therefore Lenins leadership qualities was a huge factor in
maintaining the Bolshevik control over Russia by satisfying the people of Russia and
influencing them to believe in him.
On the other hand although leadership played a big role the incompetence of the Provisional
government also did. The Provisional government was weak and unstable as it was a
coalition between the Liberals, Mensheviks and Social Revolutionaries. This meant that there
was no unity between them unlike the united Bolsheviks. Furthermore the Provisional
government was seen as a remnant of the Tsarist ear causing it to lose a lot of support
from the Russian people, therefore weakening the government due to the lack of authority
and support from the very start. Furthermore the Provisional Government also made many
wrong decisions. For example a wrong decision that he made was to continue the campaign
against Germany which before had resulted in the Russians facing a crushing defeat. The
Provisional Government also didn't care about what the people of Russia wanted and the
peasants had to starve because there was food rationing after the war. This made Lenins
slogan of `Peace,Land,Bread' a lot more appealing.
In conclusion it is very accurate to say that strong leadership was the main factor
responsible for the consolidation of Bolshevik control of Russia. Although there was other
factors that helped such as the incompetence of the Provisional Government and the poor
leadership of the military, strong leadership was the main factor.