Bolshevik Seizure of Power 4

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Reasons for Bolshevik Success

Changing circumstances

  • Early 1917 Bolshevik most unlikely group to overthrow PG
  • Before Lenin returned, Kamenev and Zinoviev supported PG
  • Until August, all Bolshevik efforts failed
  • Kornilov Affair gave Bolsheviks opportunity to appear as defenders of the PG against the Army
  • Weapons from Government to launch armed uprising, PG looked weak/dependent on Bolsheviks


  • Claimed they were acting on behalf of Soviet…


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