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4a Lenin adapted Marxism to conditions in Russia because the country was in a state that wouldnt have been ideal for Marxs concepts Marx had predicted that the unhappy working class would overthrow the capitalist government as they were the getting shorthanded However this wasnt the case in Russia as Russia lacked a large urban proletariat So Lenin set up his own carefully constructed group called the Bolsheviks or the majority to start the revolution 4b Lenin was able to overthrow the provisional government in November 1917 in a matter of a days because that government no longer had the support of the people Lenin promised peace land and bread He had the support of the population and the military 5 The Bolsheviks faced several problems For the first three years civil raged in Russia between the Bolsheviks and people still loyal to the czar One of Lenins first moves was to get out of World War One Unfortunately this resulted in Russia losing an enormous portion of its population and its most resourceful land 1a USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics established under communist Russia They incorporated just about all of the old Russian Empire It was a multi national state consisting of many Asian and European countries 1b NEP New Economic Plan granted some capitalist ventures previously illegal in a communist state This meant that small business were able to make private profit which better the economy as a whole It also granted peasants small parcels of land and allowed them to sell their extra crops 1c Great Purge Reign of Terror Stalin and his secret police starting arresting and killing anyone from old party activists army heroes industrial managers writers to regular people He held public trials in which severely tortured communist leaders confessed to crimes and sent many to labor camps in Siberia The cause for all this was Stalin fear of rival party leaders plotting against him 1d Comintern Communist
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