The Bolshevik Party in Revolution 1917-1923

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The Bolshevik Party in Revolution 1917-1923

By Robert Service
Barnes & Noble, 1979
246 pp. $24.50

The Bolsheviks were anything but a monolithic and disciplined party when they came to power, but in the ensuing years, under the pressure of huge problems and civil war, democratic centralism became what it has been since, all centralism. As Robert Service describes the transformation of the party, it is a question of inexorable process rather than personality or doctrine, but the roles played by Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin come through clearly enough. A reasoned and convincing book.

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