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  1. Introduction
  2. Lenin's interest in Marxism
  3. The revolution that Lenin envisioned
  4. Lenin's relocation to Austria
  5. Making a dream come true
  6. The attack on Petrograd
  7. The attempt on his life
  8. Conclusion
  9. Works cited

A radical attempts to change parts of a society. A leader revolutionizes an entire country. Few people can be called ?saviors? (Gluzman), but Vladimir Lenin earned this title as well as others. Lenin not only addressed the problems of Russia, but also brought about a new era in Russian history. His actions can still be felt in modern times and will undoubtedly be felt for years to come.
Lenin was born in the small town of Simbirsk (it was later renamed Ulyanovsk in his honor). His birth name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. His father was a Russian official who fought for free universal education. Lenin had two siblings, a brother and a sister. His brother was arrested in 1887 in connection to a terrorist plan to kill the Tsar. He was hanged for this crime shortly after the arrest. The death of Lenin's brother is what drove him to revolution.
Soon after his brother's death, Lenin became interested in Marxism. He began to study the works of the philosopher and found that he agreed with many of them. At the same time, he was involved in many student protests and was arrested multiple times. He was expelled from Kazan University. His expulsion only drove him to study harder. He worked on his education on his own and was licensed to practice law by 1891. He had also mastered Greek, Latin, German, and French. Between his expulsion and his licensing for law, Lenin translated Marx's Communist Manifesto into Russian for the first time.

[...] He thought that their support of the war was like turning their backs on socialism and called it betrayal of the proletariat.? (Connor, P. 284). He went on to write a book called Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. He also arranged for the distribution of propaganda to Allied troops. These pamphlets called for the men to stop fighting for their countries to instead fight against their officers to start a socialist revolution. In September 1915, Tsar Nicholas II assumed control of the army fighting on the Eastern front. [...]


[...] Lenin participated in many different aspects of the revolution at this time. This included the newspaper that he helped to start called Iskra. He was also involved in the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. However it is around this time that a divide among supporters of the revolution becomes apparent. The party splits into two groups. Lenin led the Bolsheviks, which favored a violent uprising to accomplish the revolution. The other party was called the Mensheviks, who wanted a more peaceful and gradual path to change. [...]


[...] The robbery involved the use of bombs and killed several people. However, the Bolsheviks walked away with over 250,000 rubles. Lenin and his followers quickly turned the money into propaganda and power. Part of the money went to the printing of revolutionary pamphlets and newspapers similar to Iskra, while other parts of the loot were used to gain control of labor unions that were slowly becoming powerful. Roman Malinovsky, a man working with Lenin, became the leader of a metalworkers' union in St. [...]

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