How Far Has the Importance of Lenin Been Exaggerated in Russia Between 1917-1924?

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Between 1917 and 1924, Russia experienced serious unrest, mistrust and a massive split amongst the people. In March 1918, Leon Trotsky had been sent to negotiate the terms of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. This eventually led to Russia surrendering ’62 million people (one sixth of the population), 27% of farm land (some of the best in Russia), 26% of Railways and 74% of Iron Ore and Coal’ (quote from Russia and the USSR 1905-19441 by Terry Fiehn). Furthermore, a 300 year dynasty of Romanov Tsars had come to an end when Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate and later executed alongside his family. On top of that, Russia’s Provisional Government was overthrown by a minority party (the Bolsheviks) during the November Revolution of 1917 who in turn formed the world’s first ever Communist government. Consequently, violence was triggered across the country and the country spiralled into a long and bloody Civil War. Although there is not one person that we can wholly identify as the main transformer of Russia between 1917 and 1924, there are definitely a few prominent figures that we can identify as the most important people. Generally, historians seem to agree on three people: Vladimir Illich Ulyanov (or Lenin), Leon Trotsky and Alexander Kerensky. All revolutionaries in their own respect, each of these people played a massive role in at least one of the 1917 Revolutions, the civil and the initial redevelopment of Russia after the Civil War. However, Lenin is normally identified as the main character in the events during this time in History because he was the most senior member of the Bolsheviks and he was the person that started the ball rolling when he introduced his Marxist ideas to the Russian people via the April Theses. Furthermore, he was the one that took command in government and he introduced the policies such as the NEP and Electrification which made the
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