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Lenin's Government
Sovnarkom 1917-1922

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Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521067560

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  • When Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 they sought to scrap the existing structures of government and substitute new ones based on Marxist principles. This book attempts a detailed account of their efforts to create a socialist 'cabinet' (Sovnarkom), to elaborate effective machinery and methods of operation, and to use it to govern the country. It examines what kind of people were appointed to Sovnarkom and who chose them. It shows how elements of the pre-revolutionary system of government were taken over along with former ministerial officials. Sovnarkom was headed by Lenin and this helped to ensure its early pre-dominance. Nonetheless it was gradually overshadowed by the Party Central Committee and Politburo, and the book seeks to explain why this happened and why Lenin's efforts to reverse the process failed. The book throws important light on the origins of the Soviet system of government.

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521067560
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Smolny: Sovnarkom Takes Shape:
    1. The origins of Sovnarkom
    2. 'The first proletarian government'
    3. Sovnarkom takes over
    4. Acquiring a bureaucracy
    Part II. The Kremlin: Sovnarkom in Action:
    5. The move to Moscow
    6. Sovnarkom in session
    7. 'The minute hand'
    8. Sovnarkom's alter ego
    Part III. Of Men and Institutions:
    9. The system and the chief
    10. The people's commissars: recruitment
    11. The people's commissars: personal background
    12. Government, soviets and party
    13. Props for an ailing chairman
    14. The last months
    15 Some historical reflections.

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    T. H. Rigby

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