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This front matter section of the book Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy contains the table of contents, and the preface. The book explains the development of Trotsky's thinking on the problem of Soviet bureaucracy from shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 through the writing of The Revolution Betrayed in 1936 and the application of his theory to the Moscow Trials of 1936-8. It notes the specific word Trotsky utilised at each point. However, the term bureaucracy is also used here in a generic sense when discussing Trotsky's understanding of the 'problem of bureaucracy' or 'Trotsky's theory of bureaucracy', even when biurokratiia was not the precise term employed. While examining the development of Trotsky's general understanding of Soviet bureaucracy, the book also attempts to identify the sources of those views.

Keywords: Bolshevik Revolution; Moscow; Soviet Bureaucracy; Trotsky



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