i) Lenins role in the Bolshevik consolidation of power. ii) Was Lenin a dictator by intent or by circumstance?

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i) Lenin’s role in the Bolshevik consolidation of power. The Coalition government, that had been in place since the February Revolution of 1917, had to face more and more problems. The Kornilov Affair and the July Days did not go to their best interest, and their popularity was simply going down the sewer by October. It was exactly that month that Lenin thought the time to be right for a Bolshevik takeover. So in October 1917 the Bolsheviks replaced the Coalition Government. This is known as the October Revolution. However, all the problems the Coalition Government faced did not disappear and on top of that Lenin was facing huge opposition from the Soviets, which even became a civil war. The Bolsheviks overcame the struggles of the first 6 months after the October Revolution by simply giving in into the worker’s and peasant’s requests. This was one of the party’s policies that were based on Lenin’s April thesis. To be exact the April thesis included legitimating the peasant’s seizure of land. The Land decree states further that land could not be bought sold or rented as it belonged to the entire people. Although the peasantry has been taking over these estates anyway, it was still a good strategic move to make by Lenin because he got the peasants by his side and it makes him credible. The next decree that the Sovnarkom (of whom Lenin was the chairman) passed was the Workers Control Decree, which gave the workers total control over the factories, which was also Lenin’s plan and was stated in his April Thesis. The other main decree was the Peace decree, where the Bolsheviks and Germany agreed on peace terms. This also was Lenin’s intent from the start and was not only stated in the April Thesis but was also stressed by Lenin. There was still a lot of opposition from the bourgeoisie and the former Coalition Government. Lenin took care of that problem by
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