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Assess the role of Lenin in the Bolshevik seizure of power and consolidation of power in 1917 In any account of history it is difficult to determine whether individuals or historical forces beyond the control of the individual played the important roles There is the argument that the actions of great individuals 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 On 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 On Lenins return from Switzerland on April 3rd 1917 he announced his belief that the soviet should overthrow the capitalist government and take power in its own name and for its people The vast majority of his party opposed him Despite heavy opposition and furious argument against it Lenins April Thesis convinced the party agreed that the need existed to press on toward an anti-capitalist revolution The decision to pursue revolution at the time was against the majority of the Bolshevik party and as such without the influence of Lenin it seems clear that the party would not have even attempted revolution in 1917 Lenins April theses were also important in securing the growing popular support for the Bolshevik party Having committed themselves to overthrow of the Provisional Government the Bolsheviks had refused to compromise with the capitalistlandowners of the Provisional Government as all the other socialist parties had done Once they had joined the first coalition the moderate socialists became identified in the popular mind with the shortcomings of the Provisional Government Only the
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