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Revolutionary Economic Reasoning in the Context of Revolution: The Origins and Fate of Bolshevik Economics

Slavic Review. 2017. Vol. 76. No. 3. P. 722-731.

By February 1917, the handful of future Bolshevik leaders of Russia were scattered all over the globe. Among the few things they had in common was a peculiar vision of the Russian economy and of global economic trends. That vision guided their revolutionary activity. Whether it was “correct” or not, they succeeded. With their grip on power secured, however, their economic reasoning had to confront new challenges, which eventually reshaped the original approach. The article reconstructs the origins of the Bolshevik economics and traces its developments after 1917.