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Stalin's WorldDictating the Soviet Order$
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Sarah Davies and James Harris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300182811

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300182811.001.0001

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The Working Class

The Working Class

(p.183) 5 The Working Class
Stalin's World

Sarah Davies

James Harris

Yale University Press

The chapter explores how Stalin dealt with long-standing Bolshevik ambivalence toward the “working class” (and, indeed, toward the whole concept of “class” itself). Without ever abandoning the language of class, Stalin moved steadily toward a more inclusive vision of “the Soviet people.” The primary focus is upon his attempts to divert attention from a central Bolshevik symbol, the manual laborer, toward a newly legitimized “Soviet” or “people’s” intelligentsia.

Keywords:   Stalin, Bolshevik party, working class, proletariat, intelligentsia

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