Access the Methods Used by Either Peron or Lenin to Maintain His Position as Ruler of a Single Party State

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The provisional government was deposed in early October by the Bolsheviks as a result of the October Revolution. The storming and capitulation of the Winter Palace on the night of the 7th to 8th of November marked the beginning of Soviet rule. Lenin was elected as the Chair of the Council of People’s Commissars by the Russian Congress of Soviets. In April 1917 Lenin published his April Thesis. This document outlined Lenin's aims for the future: to end the war; to give all power to the Soviet; to give all property and land to the people and worldwide revolution. After the Bolsheviks seizure of power, they soon faced many social and economic problems. Numerous observers during the revolution, had thought that the new government would only …show more content…
As nationalization of both agriculture and industry had gone too far, individuals soon lost their initiative to work because they could not make private profits. To counter the food shortages and the forced seizures of grain that had in part caused the March 1921 naval mutiny Lenin had to create a new policy. In 1921, Lenin introduced the New Economic Policy. In the early stages, the focus of the policy was to create an incentive for peasant population to produce more food for the towns. The NEP gave the peasants more rights in land ownership and more freedom to sell or lease their land. A new class of profiteers emerged who did very well out the new freedom to trade. They became known as the NEP men. Capitalism had started to make a comeback then, but although the profiteers, peasants and shopkeepers were happy, many workers who had supported the revolution thought that the NEP was a betrayal of their values. Lenin. Although suffering bitter opposition, Lenin saw it as the only way to get Russia back on track economically. Even though the economy was now striving in a capitalistic environment, the Bolsheviks retained control of large industrial plants, banking and foreign trade - reassuring communism supporters. Although is some ways the NEP was highly successful the Peasants and workers were happier and produced more food and goods, but their farms were small and quite inefficient. Without the Lenin creating the NEP, the Russia economy would have

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