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11 Lovestone Between Bukharin and Stalin, 1927–8

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In the Comintern, Lovestone was personally and politically sympathetic to Bukharin. The 'City College Boys' - college-educated intellectuals - at the core of the post-Ruthenberg Lovestone factional leadership were similar to the 'Bukharin school' of young party ideologues in Russia. As Stephen Cohen put it, 'Official Bolshevism in 1925-27 was Bukharinist', and, as in the earlier 'troika', Stalin was overshadowed by his more famous and respected partner. Lozovsky, loyal to Stalin and head of the Profintern, favoured Foster and intervened on his behalf; several times Lovestone complained to the Comintern about this. Willam Z. Foster's connections to Stalin via Lozovsky by the late 1920s were more useful than Lovestone's connections to Bukharin via John Pepper. Pepper, helped Lovestone navigate the currents of Moscow politics; Lovestone described him as 'a tower of strength to us'. His faction wrapped itself in anti-Trotskyism and hostility to the Zinoviev-Trotsky Opposition.

Keywords: anti-Trotskyism; Bukharin; John Pepper; Lovestone; Stalin; Willam Z. Foster



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