Trotsky and the Questions of Agency, Democracy and Dictatorship in the USSR, 1917-1940

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Abstract

This chapter critiques the perception of Trotsky's concern for democracy compared to Stalin's ruthless determination to establish a personal dictatorship. It questions the traditional picture of a nobler, more intelligent and more decent communist beaten by an unscrupulous backroom manager by taking a close look at how Trotsky conceived of democracy in the Russian Revolution post-1917.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Subtitle of host publicationIlliberal Liberation, 1917-1941.
EditorsLara Douds, James Harris, Peter Whitewood
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Chapter6
Pages95-108
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-1-350-11789-1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameLibrary of Modern Russia
PublisherBloomsbury Academic

Keywords

  • Russian Revolution 1917
  • Soviet communism

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    Thatcher, I. (2020). Trotsky and the Questions of Agency, Democracy and Dictatorship in the USSR, 1917-1940. In L. Douds, J. Harris, & P. Whitewood (Eds.), The Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution.: Illiberal Liberation, 1917-1941. (pp. 95-108). (Library of Modern Russia). Bloomsbury Publishing. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-fate-of-the-bolshevik-revolution-9781350117907/