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Revolutionary Vanguard: The Early Years of the Communist Youth International, 1914-1924
Revolutionary Vanguard: The Early Years of the Communist Youth International, 1914-1924
By Richard Cornell
University of Toronto Press, 1982, 288 pp

These were the years in which the Communist youth movement, like the Comintern, was torn by ideological and organizational disputes and national differences. By the time of Lenin's death, however, the Russian comrades had made Soviet state interests the effective definition of proletarian internationalism. The author works his way through a wealth of source material to tell us how it happened.