What in Your View Was the Short Term Significance of Leon Trotsky?

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What in your view was the short term significance of Trotsky in the period 1917-1927? Trotsky played a key role in the Bolshevik party, encouraging revolution which saw the Bolsheviks gain power in 1917. He built up a strong Red Army during the civil war, which was used to ensure the survival of the Bolshevik government. He was seen by many as the second man to Lenin and the most likely candidate to take over as leader after Lenin’s death which portrays his significance. However, evidence suggests that after Lenin’s death he lost his power considerably, eventually being banned from the Communist party. In 1917 Trotsky became a member of the Petrograd Revolutionary Committee, playing an important role in organising the October Revolution. Trotsky urged the overthrow of the Provisional Government and on the 24th October 1917 Lenin agreed. Source A emphasises this; ‘if neither Lenin nor I had been present in Petersburg there would have been no October Revolution’ which suggests that it was their work and significance which encouraged the Bolshevik’s to take advantage and overthrow the provisional government. This shows that Trotsky played a key role in the Bolshevik seizure of power. In the source he argues that he had ‘no slightest doubt’ that if it were not for him or Lenin then ‘the Bolshevik Party would have prevented it from occurring’. This also suggests that Trotsky viewed his role played in the October Revolution as equal to the role played by Lenin, which conveys the idea that he believed he was just as significant as Lenin in encouraging a revolution. But, we have to consider that this statement is merely Trotsky’s point of view and as a result could be trying to make him sound greater as this statement was written in 1925, when he was losing his significance in the Bolshevik Party. The view put forward by the historians Edward Acton in his book
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