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Leah Johnson Hist210 Response to Essays of Peasants and the Approaching Revolution 2/25/08 I noticed that there was a common theme within these essays of an individual group clashing with the Bolsheviks or the Social Democrats as a whole. The peasants were fixed on getting more land, when the intelligentsia wanted them to see the whole picture and that it was more than just getting land. The Jews wanted to band together to get more rights and better understand their culture, and they were fixated on that. Not only was there a lot of racism, but also the Social Democrats were scared of having a Jewish group within the Social Democratic Labor Party. Conversely, the intelligentsia had their own agenda that did not coincide with the agendas of the other factions of Russian Marxism. These divisions show how rocky the years of the revolution were and how difficult it was to get the people to cooperate. Lenin and the other leaders from the intelligentsia had a very clear agenda that must be followed very specifically. When other
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Unformatted text preview: groups were forming minds of their own instead of just becoming a giant, cooperating mass, Lenin and the Bolsheviks began to worry. Evidence of the fear of party separatism was apparent within all of the essays. It’s interesting that this occurred, because before their class-consciousness arose, the peasants would not dare stepping out into the limelight and demanding more rights. Because the intelligentsia, the changing of government, and the general changing of the times, these peasants felt that they could finally demand more rights. This seemed to backfire on Lenin and his followers, because once the peasants realized that they were being oppressed, they began to divide into different groups with different needs and agendas. Their individual problems seemed much more important and pressing than what was going on in Russia as a whole....
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