Podcast investigating why the Bolshevik state was the only attempt at a socialist revolution to survive in power in early twentieth-century Europe. Socialism itself was not an unpopular idea at this time of great turmoil, the consequence of World War One; there were attempts at Socialist government in Finland, Bavaria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and it was the Bolshevik hope that Socialism could be spread further through war, for example in the Soviet-Polish war of 1920. All these attempts, however, came to nothing; the chief aim of the Bolsheviks, that socialism would spread to Berlin, was not achieved. Why did Socialism not succeed elsewhere in Europe; why did it succeed in Russia, and why did Bolshevism survive?
Suitable for A-Level
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