Lenin's achievements

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Source A: Lenin was a great leader yet the most humble of men. For his achievements in the October revolution, in defending the foreign invaders and destroying the whites, in bringing peace and prosperity, we are forever in his debt.

(A Russian view of Lenin written at the same time of his death in 1924)

Was this an accurate assessment of Lenin and his achievements?

One man with a gun can control 100 without one." Lenin, Vladimir Ilich 1917

Lenin was a man with principles that tried his best to get what he wanted. He had an overwhelming charisma that hypnotized the people of Russia from 1917 to 1924 when he died. As an experienced ex-revolutionary Lenin ruled a communist Russia with ideas that he didn't let anybody interfere with. Although he had a strong personality and favored putting his foot down, Source A is not totally accurate. Source a is mostly opinion and incorrect fact put together.

In my opinion a great leader can't be humble at the same time. The October revolution was won most probably because of Trotsky's small military force. And to destroy the whites, Lenin had to create war not peace and prosperity.

Most people like for example source A think that during the October revolution, where the Bolsheviks kicked the provisional government out and took power, was let by great Lenin. However the real man behind this was Trotsky. Trotsky led masses of armed workers and Bolshevik soldiers and simply kicked out the provisional government. This is one reason why source A is not accurate. Also, it is not accurate because it uses the word "humble" to describe Lenin.

A definition of humble: Having a low estimate of one's self. Synonyms Modest, Meek. For a person to become a leader and have the support...