By Leon Trotsky
With the revolution of 1917, the Russian humans reworked their kingdom right into a workers' republic—but under a decade later, Stalin and his bureaucrats seized strength, resulting in the state's corruption and supreme decay. during this critique of Stalinism from the Marxist perspective, Trotsky offers a brilliantly prescient research of the inevitable cave in of the Soviet Union that finds the roots of the region's present unrest.
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23–4, 54–5 Chernyshevsky, N. 43–4 Conrad, J. 7–8 critical realism 52–4 Dickens, C. 35–6 Dobrolyubov, N. S. 14–16, 17 Engels, F. 1, 9, 16, 29, 45–8, 49, 68–9, 74 expressionism 25–6 Fischer, E. 17 forces of production 4–5, 61 Formalism 23, 50 Fox, R. 23 genetic structuralism 32–4 Goldmann, L. 32–4, 35, 75 Gorky, M.
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Two early works were The Soul and Its Forms (1911), and The Theory of the Novel (1920). He joined the Communist party in 1918 and became commissar for education in the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic, escaping to Austria when it fell. In 1923 he produced his major theoretical work, History and Class Consciousness, which was condemned as idealist by the Comintern. When Hitler came to power he emigrated to Moscow, devoting his time to literary studies; from this period date Studies in European Realism (London, 1972) and The Historical Novel (London, 1962).