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Loyalty and LibertyAmerican Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era$
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Alex Goodall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038037

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.001.0001

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Red Herrings

Red Herrings

Anti-Bolshevism, Smearing, and Forgery

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(p.111) 5 Red Herrings
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Loyalty and Liberty
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Alex Goodall

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.003.0006

This chapter talks about how expansion abroad had seemed to be both a rhetorical commitment and a strategic priority for the Bolshevik movement. The seizure of power in Russia was the first stage in a global revolution that would witness the end of warring nationalities and a global peace forged through an interconnected series of proletarian revolutions. To this end, in March 1919 the Bolsheviks established the Third, or Communist, International, as a tool for coordinating the activities of vanguard revolutionary parties throughout the world. This seemed to be a practical necessity as much as an ideological commitment, for Russia had only a tiny urban proletariat and a relatively small manufacturing base and was vulnerable to capitalist invasion.

Keywords:   Bolshevik movement, Russia, global revolution, global peace, proletarian revolutions, Communist International, capitalist invasion

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