Consequences: The Bolsheviks After 1917
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This chapter will show that after the Bolshevik revolution, family ties were central to the building of the new government and regime, with Party loyalty judged based on an individual’s own contribution to the revolutionary movement as well as his family connections. Socializing remained firmly based on the kinship ties of the underground. However, increasingly the Party grew suspicious of family ties and tried to reduce their influence, first by stressing fraternal solidarity between Party comrades and then by promoting a patriarchal family structure with Stalin at its head.