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Class Struggles in the USSR: First Period 1917-1923
Class Struggles in the USSR: First Period 1917-1923
By Charles Bettelheim
Monthly Review Press, 1976, 567 pp.

A fundamental Marxist reinterpretation of the early years of the Soviet regime. Bettelheim's lengthy and elaborate argument, supported by a vast knowledge of the period and its source material, maintains that the Bolsheviks, despite the genius of Lenin, were not able to carry through the class struggle and consolidate the dictatorship of the proletariat.