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We all grew up in the times of the Cold War. You remember, always living in fear of a nuclear war. Reagan had that little red phone that at the push of a button would send nuclear missiles to every single city in Russia. The media and way of life in the eighties was dominated by the fear of the big red threat. It is interesting to look at something in history and wonder who was responsible for the whole thing. Who started the communist movement? Who can the Cold War ultimately be traced back to? Who paved the way for such tyrants as Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, and Pol Pot? No, it wasn't Stalin, rather Stalin's mentor, Vladimir Lenin. "Lenin introduced to the 20th century the practice of taking an all-embracing ideology and imposing it on an entire society rapidly and mercilessly." (Theen 23) Lenin's motivation to become a revolutionary leader can be traced back to his early years.

Lenin's childhood and upbringing were an intrical part in his development as a revolutionary leader and icon of a nation. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, otherwise known as Lenin, was born on April tenth, 1870. Lenin was born into the Ulyanov family on a city on the Volga River. His parents raised their six children to be industrious, honest, modest, and sensitive to the needs of the people. As it turned out, all of their children became revolutionists. Of all of Vladimir's siblings, he admired his eldest brother, Alexander, the most. As a little boy, Vladimir always tried to imitate Alexander. "Whenever he was asked how he would act in a certain situation, his invariable answer was; "Like Alexander."" (Warth 3). Lenin's brother set his goal in life to join the revolutionary struggle against the tsarist autocracy in Russia. He showed...