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Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov more popularly known as Lenin is arguably the greatestleader in Russian and Soviet Union History Lenin inspired and led the BolshevikCommunist Revolution of 1917 and was the architect and first head of the recentlydismantled United Soviet Socialist Republic I would also argue that the BolshevikRevolution is the most significant political event of the 20th century and Lenin must forgood or ill be regarded as the centurys most significant political leader Not only in thescholarly circles of the former Soviet Union but even among many non-Communistscholars he has been regarded as both the greatest revolutionary leader andrevolutionary statesman in history as well as the greatest revolutionary thinker since Lenins considerable leadership power stemmed primarily from his visions and thepassionate manners in which he conveyed them This was never more evident thanduring the Communist Revolution Lenin did not have a great military mind nor hisgenerals and advisors and thus he created some of the more serious military blundersof the century However Lenin was able to continually inspire the Bolshevik armydespite their many defeats Outnumbered outgunned starving freezing andexhausted Lenins motivated army defeated the Mensheviks in 1918 and seized Adding to the amazement of his leadership ability Lenin controlled the Bolshevikrevolution from another country Lenin fled to Switzerland for the greater portion of the1917 Revolution to escape possible capture and execution While in Switzerland heauthored many idealist works including Imperialism The Highest Stage of Capitalism1916 In this book Lenin argued that the world war was an inevitable outcome ofWestern capitalism and imperialism whereby the capitalist states of Europe had cometo rely upon aggressive foreign expansion in order to maintain economic profits Lenin was able to use that notion and similar ideas to gain support from the civiliansector as well Not only did Lenin believe in Socialism but he knew he would also beable to sell the idea to others While the Western world views Communism Marxismand Leninism as deprave
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