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Парламент или Советы: российский выбор 1918 года
Parliament or councils? The Russian choice in 1918

Author(s): Igor' Andreevič Isaev
Subject(s): History, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, History of Law, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today), Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: parliament; councils; democracy; dictatorship; representation; legitimacy; legalism; separation of powers; law; rule; state power; authority

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with one of the most important issues in the Soviet political and legal history. The choice of the political form that was established almost immediately after the victory of the Bolsheviks in the Revolution of 1917, meant a change in the direction of development of the state. Councils became an alternative to the parliamentary republic. The article analyzes the basic principles of both political systems and the reasons for such a choice. The author emphasizes transnational political direction of the so-called “direct action” which took place not only in Russia, but also in several European countries.

  • Issue Year: XIV/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 93-99
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Russian