Y348_Sep27 - Y348 September 27 Key Concepts: Historical...

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Y348 September 27 Key Concepts: Historical Scientific Laws Historical Acceleration Historical Materialism Social Engineering Class Struggle Revolution from Above Socialist Utopia Police State Imperialism De-Stalinization Weakest Link The Soviet Terror: The “Why” of Mass Murder Continuity between Marx’s ideas through Lenin and then Stalin o Stalin looked at the world through categories informed by Marxist ideas Marx formed much of his ideas in the mid-late 1800s o Seen as the most influential political thinker of the modern age Justifying the Terror Ideology - Marxist Foundations o Historical worldview and ‘utopian’ vision Context - Leninist Adaptation o Adjustments to economic and political realities Adjust Marxist views to the reality of Russia Power- Stalinist Implementation o Acton program to bring changes Marxist Foundations History as Science o Discovery of historical laws o Progress of the human condition History could be understood by a progression of certain laws
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