Turning Points in the Life of Vladimir Lenin
In 1917 Lenin became the Russian dictator and is known nowadays as a
Founder of Communism. Many events in his life have turned Lenin's
attitude and changed him.
In 1887, Lenin's brother was convicted of an attempted assassination
on the Tsar and was consequently hanged for his crime. His brother's
activity may have sparked Lenin's interest in revolutionary activity
and radicalized him as at this time Lenin began studying the writings
of Karl Marx and Chernoshevsky, who had as well socialistic beliefs.
Graduated from the gymnasium and moving on to the University of Kazan,
Lenin firstly came into contact with revolutionary groups. He was even
expelled in December from university and placed under police
surveillance for his first involvement in a demonstration. However he
continued to study independently and by 1892 had earned a license to
practice law. After a short exile, in 1888, Lenin contacted the
Marxist group for the first time. This event was one of the first
triggers, which turned Lenin into a pure communist, as the Marxist
group taught Lenin everything about socialism.
Consequently, Lenin took his first overseas trip in 1895. He visited
Switzerland, where he came in contact with Plekhanov's 'Emancipation
of Labour' group, Berlin and Paris. Plekhanov's group gave Lenin
different good ideas and advises and taught him a lot of things. With
their advises and experience, which was gained by him from this party,
Lenin has formed 'The League of Struggle for the Emancipation of the
working class' or 'League of Struggle; in short. It was his first
group he founded.
However for such revolutionary ideas and beliefs Lenin was arrested
and exiled to Siberia and consequently to European countries. He was
kept in exile there until 1917 until the Revolution began. However
Lenin didn't stop thinking and having revolutionary ideas there. On
the contrast intensively Lenin was forming there parties and taking
parts in different congresses and of course writing his articles,
which were published in Russian newspapers.
In 1914 World War 1 broke out shorty thereafter and Lenin was arrested
by the Austrians. Luckily Lenin had a chance to move back to neutral
Switzerland, where no one could make any harm for him for his beliefs.
The way of life in Europe changed Lenin. He could be admired by the
life in Europe as the European countries were much richer than Russia
and living conditions there were much better than in Russia. But in
contrast he started to hate Capitalism. Therefore he was worried for
his native country and wanted Capitalism to be away from Russia.
That's why he didn't stop thinking about his beliefs in Europe.
In February, the first uprising in St.Petersburg took place, causing
the abdication of the Tsar and the...