Assess the Role of Lenin in the Development of the Bolshevik Regime Between 1917 and 1924

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Assess the role of Lenin in the development of the Bolshevik regime between 1917 and 1924 Lenin played a significant role between the years 1917 and 1924 as leader of the Bolsheviks party within the revolution, overthrow of the Provisional Government and the consolidation of their power to achieve dictatorship over Russia. However despite his impact, his influence was romanticised and idolised after his death, encouraged by Stalin, which consequently exaggerated his role in the eyes of many historians. This is shown in the 500,000 people that attended his funeral and the number of statues that were placed in towns across Russia following the event; contributing to the way historians viewed Lenin, ignoring reality. The primary source of Lenin’s importance within his role is the internationalist view that focuses on the key moments of the Bolsheviks throughout 1917 to 1924 that he was fundamental for. These consist of firstly, his encouragement of the revolution in 1917 through his confidence in his theory and timing. He then, in January of 1918 supported Trotsky opposed to Lenin in the conscription of the Red Army rather than depending on volunteers and also dissolved his promised Constituent Assembly in his refusal to share power- crucial to succeed in their aim of dictatorship. In March of that year he, much to the rest of the country’s distaste due to the severe demands, insisted on the signing of the Treaty of Brest Litovsk on the back of their withdrawal from WW!; knowing that peace was essential for their survival. Lenin then ensured their victory in the Civil War with his establishment of War Communism and the use of terror. In 1921 he progressed to ban factories and promoted Party Unity following the Konstradt Mutiny and replaced War Communism with the NEP (as it was no longer needed due to their victory of the Civil War). All of these events and actions of
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