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The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev
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The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev: The Central Committee and its Members 1917-1991

Evan Mawdsley and Stephen White


The USSR was dominated by its ruling Communist Party, and the party was in turn dominated by a political elite that was represented in its Central Committee. Nearly two thousand individuals were members of the Central Committee between 1917 and 1991, who may be divided into four distinct political generations from the professional revolutionaries born in the late nineteenth century to the post‐war generation that was beginning to enter the political elite in the Gorbachev years. There were considerable variations over time in the characteristics of the Central Committee, including the extent t ... More

Keywords: archives, Central Committee, Communist Party, jobs, leadership, party congress, policy, political elite, political generation, USSR

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198297386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan Mawdsley, author
University of Glasgow
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Stephen White, author
University of Glasgow
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