Stalinism and the Seeds of Soviet Reform

Stalinism and the Seeds of Soviet Reform : The Debates of the 1960's

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Moshe Lewin traces the principal protagonists in Soviet economic strategy - from the Bolshevik leaders in the 1920s, through Bukharin, the post-war debates, the reform economists of the 1960s and modern day reassessments. he shows how monolithic political control and state hierarchy stultified the development of a free society, as well as cramping its economic growth. He discusses the alternative theories devised by the reformists and concludes with an affirmation of political democracy as the best strategy for reconciling the conflicting claims of the diverse groups that comprise Soviet society. A revised and updated edition of Lewin's seminal work, Political Undercurrents in the Soviet Union, this book aims to demonstrate how past errors constitute an enduring source of tension, and a spur to authentic socialist reform.show more

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  • Paperback | 373 pages
  • 134.6 x 210.8 x 20.3mm | 317.52g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • glossary, index
  • 0745304273
  • 9780745304274

About Moshe Lewin

Moshe Lewin is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. he is the author of several books, including Russian Peasants and Soviet Power, Lenina s Last Struggle, The Making of the Soviet System and The Gorbachev Phenomenon."show more

Table of contents

The Histroical Record :Bukharin's life; Left and Right in Perspective; The programme of a Bolshevik anti-stalinist; models in Soviet History; Swing of the pendulum; Stalin's model. Economics and the State. The command economy under scrutiny; In quest of remedies; critiques of the state; what next? programmes fro change; civil society recovering; the party a look from below; inspiration of the 1920's.show more

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