Socialism in One Country: A Reassessment

  title={Socialism in One Country: A Reassessment},
  author={Erik van Ree},
  journal={Studies in East European Thought},
  • E. van Ree
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • Studies in East European Thought
Until 1917 Lenin and Trotsky believed that an isolated revolutionary Russia would have no chance of survival. However, from 1917 to 1923 Lenin's standpoint on this matter underwent a complete reversal. First he came to the conclusion that socialism could be built in an isolated Russia, although it would remain ‘incomplete’ in the absence of the world revolution. By 1923 he was abandoning that latter qualification too. The standpoint of Stalin and Bukharin in the debate on ‘socialism in one…