The Verdict

  • Martin McCauley
Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)


A revolution sets in motion a train of events. The eventual outcome of these events cannot be predicted with certainty. Lenin argued before the seizure of power that the socialist revolution in the advanced countries would provide the support and expertise necessary to transform Russia into a modern industrial society. Soviet Russia, as it turned out, had to go it alone. This meant that the dictatorship of the proletariat, as it developed in Soviet Russia, was faced with a mammoth task. The party found itself in a minority and had to use violence to stay in power.


Central Committee World History Socialist Revolution October Revolution Russian Revolution 
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