Conclusion: The Social Ingredients of Stalinism

  • Roger Pethybridge


We have now attempted to trace significant social developments in the early Soviet period that exerted a cumulative influence on the political life of the country. At this stage it is necessary to stand back from details and to ask several general questions. First of all, does it not seem necessary to define another ingredient in what has come to be known as Stalinism? Stalinism is a shorthand term that stands for a certain kind of totalitarian rule whose political, economic and unique personal qualities have been fully analysed. The aim of this book has been to adumbrate some social antecedents which together may add up to a new dimension of Stalinism.


Trade Union Weimar Republic Mass Society Russian Revolution Party Elite 
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