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Revolutionaries in Power, 1917–1923

Evan Mawdsley and Stephen White

in The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297383
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599842 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297386.003.0001
Revolutionaries in Power, 1917–1923

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The Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party, which constituted the political elite of Soviet Russia, was in Lenin's time, relatively homogeneous and was entirely composed of people who had been members of the underground Bolshevik party. It is, however, possible to make some differentiation between members of this Central Committee elite, and two examples of ‘types’, one from the intelligentsia and one from the working class, are N. N. Krestinskii and A. A. Andreev. Even in this period, the Central Committee was not a policy‐making body, but all its members were important policymakers in other party and state organs.

Keywords: A. A. Andreev; Bolshevism; Central Committee; N. N. KrestinskiiV. I. Lenin; policy‐making; political elite; political generation; Russian Communist Party

Chapter.  16386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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