By Ken Kalfus
Russia, 1910. Leo Tolstoy lies demise in Astapovo, a distant railway station. contributors of the clicking from around the globe have descended upon this sleepy hamlet to list his passing for a public all at once starving for megastar information. they've been joined by means of a movie corporation whose cinematographer, Nikolai Gribshin, is shooting the extreme scene and studying tips to wield his digicam as a political instrument. At this old second he comes throughout males -- the scientist, Professor Vorobev, and the revolutionist, Joseph Stalin -- who've radical, mysterious plans for the long run. quickly they're going to accompany him on an extended, chilly march via an period of brutality and absurdity. The Commissariat of Enlightenment is a spell binding novel of rules that brilliantly hyperlinks the tragedy and comedy of the Russian Revolution with the worldwide empire of pictures that occupies our imaginations this present day.
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His innovation, if it exists, consists of combining the two - the Marxist basis and the unified military doctrine. At the same time, it should be remarked that anyone attempting to gain support for a particular military doctrine from a group of communists would stress that doctrine's basis and background in Marxism. Such may have been the motivations of Frunze. He was calling for a thorough re-examination of concepts of military doctrine. Under those circumstances, it is unlikely that he would have neglected to make at least a ceremonial bow in the direction of Marx and Engels.
19 Frunze admitted later, much later, that the theses for the Tenth Party Congress may have had "a certain vagueness, inexactness, and lack of understanding in formulation,'''20 but his efforts after the adjournment of the congress were directed toward the improvement of the formulation and not at all to a change in their content. After the Tenth Party Congress, Gusev did not display great enthusiasm 17 This phrase is, of course, not original with Frunze. It has been used many times. See, for example, Boris Shaposhnikov, Mozg armii (Moscow and Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1927-1929).
Deutscher, Stalin: A Political Biography (New York and LondOn: Oxford University Press, 1949), p. 173 and p. 297. 10 It may be ironic, or simply the facts of life in revolutions or out. that these same problems trouble the Soviet leaders today, over a half century after the seizure of power in November, 1917. 30 THE DEBATE plan of promotion for political workers be established so as to attract the best possible type of person to this work. The political apparatus, however, should be insured its integrity by its independence from military rule.