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Unformatted text preview: fortunate accidents, circumstances, and divisions, weaknesses, and mistakes of their opponents (the SRs and the Mensheviks). The Provisional Governments ineffectiveness provided the Bolsheviks with the opportunity to take power. That government failed to implement promptly its most important pledge: to hold elections for a Constituent Assembly. The Kornilov Affair had undermined the authority of Kerenskys Provisional Government. In the USSR the concept of carefully conceived Marxist revolution with wide popular support was cultivated assiduously and on the whole successfully. This was accompanied by the rather incongruous assertion that the success of the revolution depended heavily on the individual leadership and driving energy of its guiding genius, Lenin. This evident contradiction reflects the persistent dichotomy in Marxism between determinism (inexorable laws) and voluntarism (dynamic leadership)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course USEM 1580 taught by Professor Urbanovich during the Fall '09 term at UVA.
- Fall '09