T1: A timeline of the October Revolution - planning the revolution

  • Created by: gemshort
  • Created on: 18-01-18 12:44

September 27th
Lenin (in exile in Finland) wrote to the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party, urging them to seize power. He thought that the time was write because

  • The Bolsheviks had control of the Soviet
  • They had done well in elections
  • The Provisional Government had been discredited due to the Kornilov Affair
  • If they waited, the Provisional Government could pull out of the war and elect a Constituent Assembly, increasing their popularity

Other leading Bolsheviks were more cautious. Kamenev and Zinoviev wanted to wait as they feared a takeover would lead to civil war, Trotsky suggested waiting until the All-Russia Congress…


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