ONSITE & ONLINE LECTURE: 100 Years since the Founding of the USSR

ONSITE & ONLINE LECTURE: 100 Years since the Founding of the USSR

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Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green



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A special lecture from David Lane joint with the SCRSS

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David Lane discusses the trajectory of the Soviet state in three overlapping periods: its formation between 1917 and 1936, the epoch of modernisation and development from 1922 to 1986 and a final period of dismantlement from 1985 to 1991. It deserves attention because it was the first socialist state based on federative institutions claiming fraternal relations between geographically clustered nationalities, and a hegemonic Party building communism on the basis of a state plan and public property. The lecture outlines the success and shortcomings of the federative state system under centralised economic planning. It is contended that the dismantling of the Soviet Union was facilitated but not caused by the federative system and was precipitated by the rise of political and economic elites who believed that a move to markets and private initiative would not only solve the problems of economic decline but would also further their own class interests.

He is currently a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, a visiting Professor at Peking University and a Vice-President of the SCRSS. He has written extensively on socialism and post-socialism, capitalism and industrial societies, the world economy, elites and classes. Recent publications include: Changing Regional Alliances for China and the West (With G. Zhu) (2018); The Eurasian Project in Global Perspective (2016) and The Capitalist Transformation of State Socialism (2014) with a revised Russian edition published in 2022. His current work, Capitalism and its Rivals, will be published in 2023.

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