"Did Lenin Lead to Stalin?" Examine the Elements of Change and Continuity Within Soviet Russia 1917-1941.

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The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution was the seizure of power by the radical Marxists led by Vladimir Lenin and was one of the pivotal moments of the 20th Century. The ramifications of the event, and the subsequent establishment of the world's first Communist regime were immediately obvious, but also had continuing repercussions for decades. This essay will argue that although Lenin and Stalin seemed to have conflicting views, in reality they shared very similar policies; Stalin just took these policies to an extreme.

There was a rather significant continuity between Lenin and Stalin’s policies on Political Control. When the Bolsheviks first came in to power Lenin banned Liberal parties who where seen as a threat and later banned all parties
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Whereas under Stalin besides the small elections within the party for councils, ect.. There was no sign of democracy. Stalin had complete control. Overall it is evident to conclude that there was continuity within Soviet Russia as Lenin and Stalin both lead a dictatorship whereas it’s the level of totalitarian differs.

Industry is a prime example where Stalin took Lenin’s policy to an extreme. After the October revolution of 1917 through ‘the decree of workers control’ Lenin brought in worker controlled factories. This also insured equal pay and insurance for workers. Later, from years 1918 to 1921 Lenin adopted the policy for ‘War communism’ because Industry fell apart as workers’ committees proved incapable of running the factories, therefore all Industry was brought under state control. Workers’ committees were replaced by single managers reporting to central authorities. Military style discipline was brought back to the work place. This was abandoned due to the devastating effects it had on the economy and the shortages. Lenin then introduced the New Economic policy, this was step away form Communism and towards mixed economics as aspects of Capitalism where introduced, for example, small business where no longer nationalised-they could be privately run. However under the five year plan the New Economic Policy was scrapped both small and big business where nationalised. This seemed to be a step back towards ‘War Communism’. The economy

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