Five Questions For Vladimir Lenin


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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The most dedicated leader of the revolution, and future leader of the Bolshevik Party in Russia, was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. He was born in 1870 in Simbirsk, Russia, a small town on the Volga River, to a family of hereditary nobles that were not wealt
but quite comfortable. Vladimir Ulyanov, who would later change his name to Lenin, was the third of seven children. His oldest brother, Aleksandr, was hanged in May of 1887 for having joined in a plot to kill Czar Alexander III. The czar signed a warra
to have the five student conspirators executed. A year earlier, Vladimirís father had died. Because of these cicumstances Vladimir experienced extreme grief. He died of a stroke in January of 1924 at his villa outside Moscow. I chose Vladimir Lenin to
ite about because I felt that I didnít truly understand what part he played in the Bolshevik takeover of Russia. In fact, I didnít even understand what role he played in Russia, though I did know that he was associated with communism in some way.
At the University of Kazan, where Lenin majored in law, Lenin was expelled after only three months for taking part in a student protest meeting. He went on to work in a law office in St. Petersburg, where he joined the Social Democratic Party.
In late February 1917 riots broke out in Saint Petersburg. A group of individuals assumed formal governmental powers and declared itself the Provincial Government of Russia on March 1. Lenin took the reins of the Bolshevik Party shortly after the Bolsh
ik Revolution which overthrew this Provincial government. Lenin instantly created to pieces of legislation. One of them withdrew Russia from World War I. The other one nationalized personal property. From 1918 to 1921 Russia was torn by a civil war betw
n the White armies and the Red Army of the Soviet government. In the summer of 1918 the Soviet government, under Leninís leadership, launched the Red Terror, a brutal campaign aimed at eliminating political opponents among the civilian population. The g
ernment also introduced a series of economic policies in an effort to put socialist principles into practice and to respond to Russiaís pressing economic needs. However, these policies only weakened economic output.Widespread strikes and uprisings broke
ut in cities and rural areas, and by early 1921 mass unrest was threatening the stability of the Soviet government.

What was your affect on history?

Even though my ideas have been abandoned in a great majority of the worldís nations, I feel in some small way that I have contributed to history. Whether that contribution was positive or negative is left for future generations to decide. My achievemen
lies in the drive of my life, communism. It has been the one idea that has kept me going through the few years that I have inhabited this planet, the idea of a classless society. However the complete picture of my design did not take off until after I h
died, I am the un-denied leader of communism, taking it from mere theory into workable practice.
By pressing communist philosophies into the government I effectively removed the restraints to modernization and industrialization imposed by the former monarchy. (McNeal 68). Thus, I effectively changed the course of Russian history. However even the
lshevik party seemed to drift away from my control during my lifetime. Several years after my death a member of the Bolshevik party remarked that, ďHad Vladimir lived very much longer he most likely would have landed in jailĒ (McNeal 68). To tell you th
truth, I believe it. However, even though the party changed drastically from its conception the principle, that the party was to be an elite force meant to guide the people, still remained dominant. And along with that is the belief that those who rejec
the current party line are class enemies. Outside the party there can only be enemies; within, only true believers.
But overall the foundation of the Bolshevik party was laid by myself, and I can be attributed with most of itís earlier success. I was very good at manipulating the public while still following their will. One of the reasons why this was possible was b
ause of communismís flexibility. The main idea being that there was