Lenin Returns to Petrograd
April Thesis - stating Bolshevik disdain towards the provisional Govt. ("peace, bread and land" "all power to the soviets" "no co-op with prov. govt.")
The soviets were to the Bolsheviks a...
Vehicle with which to forward their goals. It was a name people associated with and new as opposed to the relative obscurity of Lenin and the Bolsheviks (a minority revolutionary group)
Kerensky Offensive + it's date
A failed assault on Austro-German forces (26 June)
The "July Days"
Bolsheviks latch on to the general uprising against the prov. govt. in an attempt to use the uprising as a torch to their cause. Prov government retain control and Bolsheviks are humiliated. Lenin flees Petrograd
For unknown reasons Kornilov abandons the eastern front and marches his armies back towards Petrograd. Fearing a military coup Kerensky seeks the aid of the Bolshevik party to defend Petrograd giving them access to weapons.
Kornilov Revolt good for Bolsheviks how?
The successful deflection of Kornilovs troops allowed the Bolsheviks to paint themselves as defenders of the city, because of which the bolsheviks quickly earned them selves a majority in the Petrograd Soviet.
Military Revolutionary Committee - essentially the organisation that was in charge of preparation for the revolution.
Kerensky last grasps for control
Kerensky tried to shut down newspapers spreading Bolshevik ideas but failed as Lenin ordered full uprising against Kerenskys Govt
First session of Congress of Soviets
Bolsheviks manage to take control of Petrograd
25 Oct-27 Oct
Bolsheviks sieze winter palace
Sovnarkom - Comittee set up by Bols. to run Russia
November 1917 Bolsheviks issue decrees on...
Land, Peace and on Workers Control Elections for Constituent assembly.
Following an unfavourable result in the voting for the Constituent Assembly Lenin closed down any more talks this led to the Russian Civil War a + for the Bolsheviks as they could dub themselves defenders of the revolution and regain some lost support
War Communism (1918-1920)
All companies were now nationalized and the government now decided what should be produced. The government also had the power to force men and women to work in certain industries.
Soldiers were also sent into rural areas to requisition grain and vegetables.
War Communism took away a lot of the freedoms that Russians had gained as a result of the October Revolution. Vladimir Lenin justified this policy by claiming that these measures were necessary in order to defeat the White Army.
All in all people didn't like this...
Uprising of Naval forces at Krondstadt base following news of their families bread and land being seized by the Govt.
Wide-spread Gov.t Unpopularity led to the decleration of the New
Economic Policy (NEP). The New Economic Policy allowed some freedom of internal trade, permitted some private commerce and reestablished state banks. Factories employing less than twenty people were denationalized and could be claimed back by former owners. The NEP did improve the efficiency of food distribution and especially benefited the peasants.
This increased Govt. popularity effectively