• Robert Service


This is a history of the Bolsheviks and their organisational development in the early era of the Soviet state. It is not an act of homage to certain leaders or factions. Nor is it an exercise in demonology. Its collective subject is the Bolshevik party as a political and social whole, as a total organisation in pursuit of revolutionary change in the former Russian empire. Its unifying theme is an internal metamorphosis. The Bolsheviks passed through a momentous transformation, organisationally as well as politically, within half a dozen years of seizing power through the October Revolution. Attitudes and behaviour which had seemed so deeply embedded in the party of 1917 were to disappear forever by 1923. The shockwaves of the process spread out far beyond the limits of the period and the boundaries of the Soviet Union. The following chapters seek to describe and explain what happened.


Central Committee Soviet State October Revolution Discipline Party Authoritarian Method 
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