Background History of the Komsomol: Formation, Consolidation, Disillusionment



The Komsomol struggled with formation and consolidation throughout the first decade of Soviet history. League members experienced relative exuberance during and immediately after conception, followed by inactivity, the surfacing of rival youth groups, and a general disillusionment with the course of the revolution. League participation in the revolution and civil war was extensive, and earned the approval of Lenin. Lenin’s attention linked the Komsomol to the Party leadership, and legitimized its strategies. Throughout the NEP years (1917–27) the Komsomol chafed at compromises with capitalism, and tried to break free of ennui and malaise.


Communist Party Background History Party Leadership Youth Group Social Democratic Party 
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