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1. From the Autobiography (1886–1916)

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Preobrazhensky was born in 1886 in the town of Bolkhov, in Orel province, into the family of a priest. In his childhood he was very religious. His loathing of material inequality arose from social sentiments that awakened in him at a very early age. When he entered the seventh class at the gymnasium, he could no longer remain in a state of undefined and formless revolutionism. He had to choose between the Socialist-Revolutionaries and the Social Democrats. At that time the decisive influence in working out his world-view came from two works: The Communist Manifesto and The Development of Scientific Socialism by Engels. Pondering these two works for a long time, he decided that the Narodnik world-view was bankrupt and unscientific and that Marxism alone could show him the proper path.

Keywords:political economy; Preobrazhensky; socialist-revolutionaries

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