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The Soviet Elite from Lenin to GorbachevThe Central Committee and its Members 1917-1991$
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Evan Mawdsley and Stephen White

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297386.001.0001

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Revolutionaries in Power, 1917–1923

Revolutionaries in Power, 1917–1923

(p.1) 1 Revolutionaries in Power, 1917–1923
The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev

Evan Mawdsley (Contributor Webpage)

Stephen White (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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