The Socialist Alternative to Bolshevik Russia: The Socialist Revolutionary Party, 1921-39 / Edition 1

The Socialist Alternative to Bolshevik Russia: The Socialist Revolutionary Party, 1921-39 / Edition 1

by Elizabeth White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415435846

ISBN-13: 9780415435840

Pub. Date: 12/11/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Socialist Revolutionary party, which had been the largest and most popular party in Russia in 1917, did not after the October Revolution just disappear into the "dustbin of history", as Trotsky hoped, but – led by its leadership in exile in the 1920s and 1930s – continued to observe and comment on developments in Russia.

In emigration, the

Overview

The Socialist Revolutionary party, which had been the largest and most popular party in Russia in 1917, did not after the October Revolution just disappear into the "dustbin of history", as Trotsky hoped, but – led by its leadership in exile in the 1920s and 1930s – continued to observe and comment on developments in Russia.

In emigration, the Socialist Revolutionary (SR) party often put forward policy proposals on a wide range of topics: policies which, based on a shrewd understanding of the real situation in Russia, offered realistic alternatives to the policies being pursued by the Marxist Bolshevik regime. This book fills a gap in examining one of the most significant Russian political parties, and is based on extensive original analysis of SR party materials, shows how it operated; how it formulated and disseminated its ideas; what these ideas were, and how the party's ideas developed in response to changing circumstances in Russia and Europe more widely. Far from being the agrarian Slavophile romantics as they are often portrayed, this book shows the SRs were energetic European modernisers who contributed vigorously to the leading debates of their day; it also shows how the SR vision of a populist, socialist regime failed to materialise as state control, dictatorship and the collectivisation of agriculture took hold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415435840
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/11/2010
Series:
BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. SRs as Russian Revolutionaries 2. The Socialist Revolutionary Party in Prague 3. The Soviet Union during NEP 4. The Bolshevik Regime, Soviet Society and SR Political Tactics 5. The Socialist League of the New East 6. The SRs and Stalin’s Great Turn 7. The Collectivisation of Agriculture 8. The 1930s and the Road to War

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