Ideological conflict

Stalin's Russia

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The great industrialisation debate

Left wing

  • Economic stability
  • Ideologically misguided
  • Power to industrial workers

Centre and right wing

  • Cautious
  • Favoured continuation of the NEP
  • Socialism in Russia abandoned when NEP failed
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World revolution?

Left wing

  • Permenant revolution
  • Socialist society could not exist alone
  • Could only survive with help of other countries

Centre and right wing

  • Permenant revolution
  • Socialist society could not exist alone
  • Could only survive with help from other countries
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Danger of degeneration

Left wing

  • Communists had transformed into government bureaucrats
  • Those who disagreed were afraid to speak out

Centre and right wing

  • Trotsky was the real threat
  • Danger of revolution being hijacked
  • Trotsky could end Communist Party
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