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The ‘Russian Question’ And The U.S. Left

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It is impossible to understand the history of the twentieth century without first thinking clearly about the nature of Soviet-style, statist societies. As the 'Iron Curtain' expanded westward with the Czechoslovak coup of 1948, it became increasingly clear to the intelligence community that there was a dearth of serious information about Soviet society. The Russian Question was an issue with both political and personal consequences. The answer to where one stood on the Soviet Union was based, necessarily for anyone who claimed to be a Marxist, on one's analysis of the class structure of the USSR. The long-term impact of 'The Russian Question' on the US left will be a subject of debate for a handful of specialist historians for some time to come.

Keywords: Russian Question; Soviet-style societies; US left



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