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Lenin's Contribution To The Development Of The Bolshevik Party

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Lenin's Contribution to the Development of the Bolshevik Party

From 1902 Lenin had been fighting to build a revolutionary workers
party, he was expelled from university for writing pamphlets and
supporting strikes. Even when Lenin worked abroad, he was always
trying to help the revolution along, but without being arrested.

In 1893 Lenin moved to St Petersburg, where he joined a growing
Marxist circle, then 1985 he helped to create a marxist working class
organisation. Lenin was soon arrested and exiled to Siberia until
1900, when he went abroad and helped to create marxist newspapers:
'Iskra' - This helped to unite Social democrats and inspire new
recruits. Lenin was playing a role even then, recruiting members who
would help the Bolsheviks, and the revolution in years to come.

In 1902, in exile, Lenin wrote a pamphlet, 'What is to be done?' in
this he argued that the revolution should be centered on a highly
disciplined party of professional revolutionaries. This led to a split
within the Social Democratic party in 1903, the Bolsheviks and

When Lenin arrived back in Russia in 1917, (after being in exile and
coming from Germany) he caused an immediate stir, on his arrival he
made a demanding speech, he stated that: there should be no
cooperation with the Provisional Government, the war should be ended
immediately, land should be given to the peasants, and that the Soviet
should take power, the points made in his speech were written up and
called the 'April Theses' One non-Bolshevik Socialist described
Lenin's speech:

"...Suddenly, before the eyes of all of us, completely swallowed up

by the routine drudgery of the Revolution, there was presented a

blinding, exotic beacon...Lenin's voice heard straight from the train,

a 'voice from outside'."

Lenin was making an impression, on the non-Bolsheviks, as well as the
Bolsheviks, as well as making a contribution to the Bolsheviks by
helping them with ideas, he was convincing non-Bolsheviks about his
beliefs about what should happen to Russia. The April Theses show a
very big contribution made by Lenin to the development of the party,
as Lenin's ideas were the basis for the Bolshevik Party's new slogans,
'Bread, Peace, Land' and 'All power to the soviets' were the messages
Russian public wanted to hear, especially as shortages were not

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