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The Lost Politburo TranscriptsFrom Collective Rule to Stalin's Dictatorship$
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Paul Gregory and Norman Naimark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134247

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134247.001.0001

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“Class Brothers Unite!”: The British General Strike and the Formation of the “United Opposition”

“Class Brothers Unite!”: The British General Strike and the Formation of the “United Opposition”

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(p.57) 4 “Class Brothers Unite!”: The British General Strike and the Formation of the “United Opposition”
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The Lost Politburo Transcripts
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Alexander Vatlin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300134247.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the transcript of the June 3, 1926 Politburo meeting. The analysis suggests that the British General Strike of May 1926 served as a lightning rod for the Bolsheviks' differences over foreign policy in the 1920s. The chapter explains that Leon Trotsky, Grigory Zinoviev, and Lev Kamenev advocated for the more radical policy to support insurgent British workers against the supposed reformism of the trade unions while Mikhail Tomsky and Alexei Rykov favored a more measured approach to the British trade unions. It also suggests that the dissenting views of the “United Opposition” did not reflect the majority of the Communist Party.

Keywords:   Politburo meeting, British General Strike, Bolsheviks, foreign policy, Leon Trotsky, Grigory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Mikhail Tomsky, Alexei Rykov, Communist Party

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