The Bourgeois Specialists and the Class Struggle

  • Nicholas Lampert
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


During the NEP the party leadership adopted a conciliatory line towards the old specialists. With the ‘ left turn’ in early 1928 there was a radical switch in policy. Over the next three years the old specialists bore the brunt of a political campaign directed at the intelligentsia, a section of whom were depicted, alongside the rural and urban petty bourgeoisie, as class enemies and counterrevolutionaries. The image was dramatised and made concrete through a charge of wrecking, and large numbers of suspect specialists were arrested, imprisoned and otherwise harassed by the judicial and security organs.


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