Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin were the most important leaders in the Russian Revolution. Their strong beliefs and determination to their convictions motivated both men. They greatly influenced the political and philosophical outcomes of the Russian Revolution.
Karl Marx was a brilliant man. He would analyze the thoughts and publications of the philosophers of his time. Intellectuals were not overly impressed by him. It wasn’t until after his death that his political, social, and economic writings and philosophies were sought after. This was especially true in the socialist movement. His peers considered his thoughts radical.
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He was brought up in a home that emphasized education and making the lives of working class Russians better. Affecting Lenin at a young age was when his older brother was hanged for his part in the assassination of Alexander II. This was the point when he realized how much he despised 19th century Russian culture.
Lenin became an avid reader of radical authors, especially those written by Karl Marx. He was expelled from a university he was often involved in disturbances. Years later Lenin graduated from St. Petersburg Law School. He left a law practice to immerse himself in the revolutionary movement. When studying Marx’s works concerning revolutionary change, he tried to do so from Marx’s point of view.
As a member of the “Union of Struggle,” a Marxist group Lenin was sent to Siberia. After his release Lenin came up with the idea that class consciousness could influence workers by riling them up. A secret newspaper, “The Spark” (Iskra) was set into motion. Its purpose was to “spark” the revolutionary movement. In the newspaper Lenin refused to have anything to do politically with liberals.
Lenin published “What Is to be Done” stressing the need for a revolution. Lenin had difficulty finding the right people to lead the revolution ("Lenin and the Russian Revolution"). There were millions of poor Russians . They were unable to organize themselves . Most were not...