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From The Repression Of The 'Prague Spring' To Perestroika (1968-85)

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The repression of the 'Prague Spring' caused widespread shock in left-wing circles. Just as in the beginning of the 1960s, the participants initially reached back to older theories, but very quickly new variants were added. While the existing theories of 'state capitalism', 'degenerated workers' state' and 'bureaucratic collectivism' were restated once again, the number of original contributions to the theory of a 'new mode of production' increased dramatically. The period after 1968 witnessed the broadest, most varied, and intense debate about the nature of the Soviet Union since the October Revolution of 1917. Although theoretical development of the older currents around Gluckstein (Cliff) and Trotsky-Mandel stagnated, at the same time numerous new hypotheses were proposed. Maoist-inspired authors like Nils Holmberg, Martin Nicolaus, Charles Bettelheim and Bernard Chavance defended a new version of the state-capitalist interpretation, which differed from older variants.

Keywords: bureaucratic collectivism; degenerated workers' state; Prague Spring; state capitalism



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