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Nomenklatura: The Soviet Ruling Class

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Hardcover, 455 pages
Published August 1st 1984 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1981)
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Alexey Kurt
Nov 10, 2011 Alexey Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Об обществе СССР, о правящем классе этого общества - номенклатуре, о том, как большевики переиначивали учение Маркса в свою пользу и зачем им это было нужно.
Книга построена грамотно, постепенно и логично приводя аргументы к каждому заявлению. А заявления в книге очень даже сильные. Например про то, что фашизм и большевизм - в принципе одно и тоже. Или что большевики на самом деле не двигали общество вперед, к социализму, который должен настать после капитализма, а наоборот, всячески старались во
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Bimbo
Jan 14, 2015 Bimbo rated it really liked it
An interesting account of how the power game was played and how the national cake was divided and distributed in the USSR. It is even more interesting when you think it was written more than 25 years after Milovan Djilas denounced the way comrades morphed into the ruling class. Intriguing similarity is also that Djilas was one of the top Yugoslav communists and Voslensky long enjoyed a rather comfy life within the Soviet nomenklatura. While Djilas remained in Yugoslavia and was sent to jail for ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in twentieth century history.
This book is classic of modern history. It explains how Communist Russia created a de facto hereditary aristocracy that enjoyed a comprehensive set of privileges. Members of the Nomenklatura attended special schools and universities. They held the monopoly on the top jobs in government, business and education. Orwell's inner party did indeed come into existence.

The social and political network of the Nomenklatura has survived Russia's nominal conversion to democracy and may indeed outlive many o
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Eric
Aug 27, 2008 Eric added it
The nomenklatura were a small, elite subset of the general population in the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries who held various key administrative positions in all spheres of those countries' activity: government, industry, agriculture, education, etc... you can find this small group in all countires ... for example in Iran
Ru Galiev
Sep 14, 2012 Ru Galiev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, soviet, russian
A very nice bit of a research of Russian political class, power establishment and developments of those from 1905 till, someone'd say, today. An author was associated with the ruling class and probably knows and points the Soviet political system specifics truthfully.
Gustavo Torrellas
Oct 20, 2012 Gustavo Torrellas rated it it was amazing
Cuando lo lei en 1982, me parecio formidable e irreal; cuando lo vivi entre 1986-1992 fue formidable y real
Zeev Vinokurov
Oct 18, 2013 Zeev Vinokurov rated it it was amazing
An excellent overview of the Soviet ruling class--and by extension, the ruling class of any dictatorial society to some extent.
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