The October Revolution Why were the Bolsheviks able to come to power? What happened during the Revolution? How did the Bolsheviks manage to gain power without a fight? Build up to Revolution вЂў By September 1917 the Bolsheviks had a majority in the Petrograd and Moscow Soviets (although they werenвЂ™t necessarily the most popular party). вЂў Less cooperation between the Soviet and the Provisional Government. вЂў Lenin continued to call for the overthrow of the Provisional Government and said that the time was right for the Bolsheviks to launch a takeover attempt. вЂњHistory will not forgive us if we do not assume powerвЂќ Lenin Kerensky and Lenin вЂў Kerensky tried to strengthen the Provisional Government by re-shuffling the cabinet and proposing a вЂњPre-ParliamentвЂќ be set up before the constituent assembly election. вЂў Lenin wanted a revolution before the meeting of the All Russian Congress of Soviets (late October) and the November Constituent Assembly elections, because he felt these might limit the Bolsheviks power. Bolshevik uncertainty? вЂў As rumours of an impending Bolshevik revolution spread two Bolsheviks (Kamenev and Zinoviev) published an article warning against an immediate revolution. вЂў However, in fact this warning led to the revolution beginning even more quickly, as Kerensky decided to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Bolsheviks by attempting to arrest some leading Bolsheviks and shutting down the Bolshevik newspaper. Revolution begins!!!! вЂў Trotsky ordered the Red Guards to seize вЂў Lenin reacted to key points in KerenskyвЂ™s actions by Petrograd. ordering the uprising to begin. вЂў Trotsky had organised the plans for the action as he was chairman of the Petrograd Soviet and part of the Military Revolution Committee (MRC). 25 вЂ“ 27 October вЂў The Bolsheviks fought for control of Petrograd вЂ“ although there was little actual fighting because the Provisional Government lacked military support. The Winter Palace falls Victory for the Bolsheviks. вЂў The Red Guards took over the Winter Palace and Kerensky fled Petrograd. вЂў 27 October вЂ“ Lenin announced that the Bolshevik led Petrograd Soviet had seized power in the name of all Soviets. Lenin explained that the Bolsheviks would now lead the way in constructing a вЂњsocialist societyвЂќ. HOPE YOU LIKE THIS POWERPOINT PRESENTATION THANK YOU!!!!!!!!