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To what extent was Russia in a state of communism by 1924?

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`Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country' In October of 1917, the Bolshevik revolution put the Marxist-Leninist party in control of Russia. The party ideology spoke of a new social order, where `man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; the average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above these peaks, new peaks will rise.' The bloody civil war, however, called for an immediate effectuation of a crude system of war communism. The effects this type of communism had on the workers and peasants forced Lenin and the other Bolsheviks to change the party's policies. By 1921, Russia had a population of over 136 million. Convincing that many people that communism was right for them was an impossible task. Instead, Lenin had to be politically realistic, without forgetting the key values of Marxist-Leninist theory. He electrified...

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