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The Soviet Elite from Lenin to GorbachevThe Central Committee and its Members 1917-1991$
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Evan Mawdsley and Stephen White

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297386.001.0001

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Stalin's New Elite, 1939–1956

Stalin's New Elite, 1939–1956

(p.91) 3 Stalin's New Elite, 1939–1956
The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev

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The purges were followed by a very high turnover of members of the Central Committee and in effect a new generation of leaders appeared, younger and more from the mass of workers and peasants than their predecessors. Members of this ‘second generation’ would dominate Soviet politics until the 1980s. The job‐slot system continued in the form it had reached in 1934, although there was now more stability and personal security. Examples of a new Stalinist generation were N. S. Baibakov and N. K. Patolichev, one a technocrat, the other a party generalist. The Central Committee was also much larger now, but had less real influence in politics, compared to the supreme leader and the Politburo/Presidium.

Keywords:   N. S. Baibakov, Central Committee, elite, jobs, N. K. Patolichevpeasants, Politburo, Presidium, Stalinism, workers

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