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How Important Was Lenin To The Successful Bolshevik Seizure Of Power In October 1917 1 July 1998 Men make their own historythey do not make it under circumstances chosen by them but rather under circumstances directly encountered given and transmitted from the past In any account of history it is difficult to determine weather the crucial roles were played by individuals or by historical forces beyond the control of any individual There is on one hand the argument that it is the actions of great individuals that has created the turning points in world history Aligned with this is the historical argument that it was the activities of Lenin in October 1917 which explains why Russia was a communist nation for so many decades One the other hand it can be argued that history is directed by natural forces beyond the control of any human accidents fate economic developments mass movements and so on In this case it is difficult to see historical figures as anything more than insignificant actors in the play of destiny mere labels giving names and faces to events Marx is usually credited with views on essential impersonality of historical processes I intend to argue this historical dilemma with a close examination of the events leading up to the October Revolution This will be done in two parts firstly by showing how without Lenins presence in Petrograd in 1917 the October Revolution would never have taken place and the Soviet Union would not have existed as it did until its disintegration in 1989 Whilst on the other hand it was the political and social conditions in 1917 that explain why very little force was required to exert such an exceptional course of events to shape not only Russian history but world history In order to effectively convey this point I will use the tool of hypothetical analysis to establish the key role that Lenin did
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