The Ethnic Roots of Class Universalism: Rethinking the “Russian” Revolutionary Elite1

  title={The Ethnic Roots of Class Universalism: Rethinking the “Russian” Revolutionary Elite1},
  author={Liliana Riga},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={649 - 705}
  • L. Riga
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article retrieves the ethnic roots that underlie a universalist class ideology. Focusing empirically on the emergence of Bolshevism, it provides biographical analysis of the Russian Revolution’s elite, finding that two‐thirds were ethnic minorities from across the Russian Empire. After exploring class and ethnicity as intersectional experiences of varying significance to the Bolsheviks' revolutionary politics, this article suggests that socialism’s class universalism found affinity with… 
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