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Lecture 14

Lecture 14

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Neville Panthaki

- definition or essay question on Marxism - class conflict between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat - leads to communism - eventual revolution - socialism is equalization stage after feudalism & capitalism leading to communism * end of exploitation (oppression) - capitalism must happen as wealth must be present - revolution has to happen to overthrow bourgeois - industrialization Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP) - Russian Marxist party - believed that revolution must happen to transform society leader between 1880-1890s Plekhanov - formulated platform based on interpretation of economic history in Communist Manifesto - guided on policy of lets wait and see - cannot push revolution though conditions in Russian society were harsh - cannot just have a revolution as Russia was not capitalist 1. to generate wealth in Russia 2. aggravate the problems of poverty -- Social Democrats (split in 1903) - tsar crushing down on the RSDLP - brutally and disbandedjailed partiesleaders - leaders self exile - fled to Paris - met (second time) in Brussels to decide if Plekhanovs strategy was strong enough or if to change the strategy Bolshevik (the majority) Menshevik (the minority) - decided to change the course of Marxism
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