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The Agrarian Foes of Bolshevism: Promise and Default of the by Oliver H. Radkey

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P. 172. , p. 173. , pp. ). 31 32 40 PROGRAM OF SOCIAL REVOLUTIONISM minorities. Chernov distinguished between the right of self-determination and the use to which it might be put: the party might strive to correct abuses by all means in its power, short of coercion, except in cases where a people had succumbed to autocratic rule; if that happened, then the revolutionary intervention of the Russian people would not in reality constitute a violation of the principle in question. Chernov summoned the party to remain faithful to the tradition first established by Alexander Herzen when he promised Poland in the name of the Russian Revolution that it was to have the privilege, not merely of autonomy, but even of separation.

We have followed another order in our outline and have introduced a fourth distinction, the controversy over the peculiarity of Russian historical development and the road to socialism, which may, of course, be viewed as derivative from Points ( 1) and ( 3) above. " "Otkrytyi vopros" (An Open Question), in lnternatsional i voina, p. 73. 16 "Iz partiinoi deiatel'nosti: Programma dlia kruzhkov pervago tipa (elementarnykh)" (From the Work of the Party: A Program for Circles of the First Type [Elementary]), Revoliutsionnaia Rossiia, No.

V. Rudnev, future mayor of Moscow and in 1917 a prominent rightwing leader, when he refused to concede the unconditional right of self-determination even to such cultured peoples as the Finns and the Poles, and then went on to declaim: More than that. 3 1 Here was Russian messianism with a vengeance. No better example could be found of how reformers with a world mission to perform open wide the gates to imperialism, militarism, and a host of other evils which in theory they denounce, but in practice accept -like a man who sees a false label on a bottle of poison and swallows the contents without blinking.

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