The Rise of a New Era and a Leadership follows.

It all started with an end of the Civil War that had been going on throughout the country due to political and economic differences. The victors of the war were the Bolsheviks who had obviously used this to consolidate the power and to try and grow the nation into a world power. The question is though would they succeed or would they fall apart and fight themselves?

After gaining the power they started to co-ordinate all of the economic life with the creation of the Supreme Council of the National Economy in 1917 (Freeze, pg. 307), and with this they were able to not only nationalized the factories but they decided to outlaw private trade in order to boost the relations with the workers and to help stabilize and build back the economy without the influence of other nations. This would lead to the introduction of the New Economic Policy which was designed as Freeze wrote that it was built to ease public resentment against the measures of the civil war which was to regularize supply and production through a reintroduced market that would be limited so no one gain to much power or wealth.

In basic terms this was done to appease the lower classes which is a smart as it would keep people behind the leadership of the Bolsheviks due to the fact that they were very revolutionary but an important factor is that in our class slide they were able to outlaw other parties which is a political move so that they would not have a similar situation into how they got into power and maintain that they are the one and only body of government (3/24 NEP slide).

So this blog I had answered the question of the Bolsheviks rise to power but now I turn it to you and I would like to hear your thought or opinion on the matter because everyone has an opinion on the topic so there is that. So with that enjoy the blog and of course leave a comment for opinion to be read and we can have a great discussion.

9 thoughts on “The Rise of a New Era and a Leadership follows.

  1. Hey Chase, I really enjoyed your post. I was wondering about how the Bolsheviks transitioned into a global economic power. Was there any trouble with other nations. I would assume that some nations would be reluctant to invest in such an unstable country. Also, I am sure that since the communist idea was still gaining influence, some were worried how it would effect trade between nations.

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    1. Well thank you for enjoying my post and commenting on it. Also, you do have a good take on the point about the other countries being reluctant to invest but the Bolsheviks had basically cut themselves off form other nations to try and limit their influence with trades and investments and because of that they knew that the people would be loyal to them. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for help but through some of the readings I formulate that they wanted to be independent and build their economy from a small market to the level of some of the other first world countries like the United States. True that communism was gaining ground because it was seen as a “new” ideology but being closed off and being on the other side of the world it would grow to a level that would be the basis of the Cold War.


      1. Jacob asks a really important question, and I agree that foreign investors would be skittish about sending their money to the young Soviet state. After all, the revolutionary government had nationalized the banks (meaning they claimed all of the money in them for the state) and reneged on the Imperial government’s significant foreign debts. (Foreign investment had financed the state’s modernization campaign in the 1890s and the war effort in WWI.
        So, it’s kind of interesting that part of the NEP involved trying to attract foreign investors back in a kind of “limited-capitalist” but “mostly socialist” way — the idea being that foreign capital was needed to help build domestic manufacturing and thus socialism. It’s complicated for sure!


  2. Hey Chase,
    I really enjoyed this post because of how well you summarized the information that we’ve been learning about in class. Sometimes the information can be lengthy and hard to understand, but you really nailed the key points and facts and made it very comprehensible for anyone wandering your blog.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting on my post because there might be to much info as you pointed it out but you also do not want to give very little where people might want more.


  3. Hey Chase, I enjoyed reading your post! I’ll leave a discussion question for you and whoever else would like to comment: In your opinion, did the New Economic Policy succeed in preventing any one entity or person from gaining too much wealth and/or power? If not, who were the beneficiaries and who struck out?

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting on my post now to answer your question in the short-term I think on paper it seemed like a good idea but to me the higher ups did not want to give away their money in order to help out the peasants. It is the classic case of a class system that could not be broken and greed being the benefactor in which not every one got a piece of the pie even though it was for the good of the nation.


  4. Hey Chase, one of the aspects that I liked about your blog was how you gave a nice overview of the Bolshevik consolidation of power in Russia. You went over not only the political parts but also the economic side of things, which could be argued to be equally as important. Like you stated in your blog, I think that the Bolsheviks outlawing political parties was both smart and hypocritical because that was how they had risen to power in the first place. The NEP I also believe was not nearly as effective as the Bolsheviks believed it would be, however, the Soviet Union still persisted. Overall, I really liked your blog and can’t wait to see more.


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