Introduction: Aspects of State Control

  • E. A. Rees
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society book series (SREEHS)


The central issue in the study of all political systems is the nature of the state, and central to the state is the issue of its control and accountability. The October revolution inaugurated the first attempt by a Marxist regime to tackle these complex problems. The issue of state control had long preoccupied the tsarist government and its people, even inspiring Gogol’s famous comedy Revizor (The Inspector General). The Bolsheviks — as a revolutionary, modernizing party — encountered particularly stubborn difficulties in the realm of state building and state control. The regime’s future course was determined to a large extent by the party’s response to these problems.1


State Building Soviet System October Revolution Party Control Popular Control 
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  • E. A. Rees
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  1. 1.KeeleUK

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