The Russian Civil War Analytical Essay by tommaso

The Russian Civil War
An analysis of why the Reds won the Russian Civil War (1918-1921).
# 56294 | 1,795 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2005 | IT

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This paper attempts to interpret the Russian Civil War in its bigger frame of the Communist Revolution with particular reference to the reasons which brought to the final, unexpected Communist victory in 1921. Some of the topics covered include, Trotsky, the disunity within their enemies (Whites, Greens, the Czech Legion, foreign troops and so forth), war Communism (the economic theory introduced by Lenin) and the terror.

From the Paper:

"It is commonly agreed that the Russian Civil War started over the summer of 1918 when arms against Bolsheviks were taken up for the first time. However, its root can be traced back to the very morning of October 25, 1917 after the Provisional Government was dismissed by a coup of socialist parties. For a time other parties, among whose left-wing Socialist Revolutionaries are the most important ones, emerged next to the Bolsheviks as well as taking place in the Sovnarkom . Nonetheless, this phase was quickly over and eventually all the non-Bolsheviks parties had been outlawed by July 1918. Such an idea of Lenin's as that of getting rid of annoying exponents was clearly to be achieved with strength, especially after the elections of December 1917 had revealed the Bolsheviks were holding less than a quarter of the whole seats in the Constituent Assembly."

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