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Such assumptions made it comparatively easy to mobilise support within certain sections of the party and the state apparatus for a policy of very rapid forced collectivisation which developed during the period of October to December 1929. 2 To understand such a response, it is necessary not only to trace agricultural developments during NEP, but also to analyse the problems of the preceding years which NEP was meant to resolve. The preceding years should also be considered as a form of worker-peasant alliance, albeit under different conditions from NEP, but problems similar to those of the pre-NEP years arose again during the crisis ofNEP.

Littlejohn, B. Smart,]. Wakeford and N. Yuval-Davies (eds), Power and the State, Croom Helm, London, 1978. 2 Hammer and Sickle: Problems of a WorkerPeasant Alliance Introduction While many of the contemporary institutional features of the Soviet Union were established in the 1930s, this chapter focuses on the period from 191 7 to late 1929 in an attempt to show the historical reasons for the conjunction of industrialisation and forced collectivisation in the 1930s, a conjunction which has left such a deep imprint on the structure of Soviet society.

See G. Littlejohn, 'State, Plan and Market in the Transition to Socialism: The Legacy ofBukharin', Economy and Society, vol. 8, no. 2, May 1979, pp. 212-15, for a brief discussion of the views of Bukharin and Preobrazhensky on this issue. I. Lenin, 'A Great Beginning', in Collected Works, vol. 29, Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1965, pp. 409-34. Ibid, p. 421. See I. Steedman, Marx after Sraffa, New Left Books, London, 1977; and A. Cutler, B. Hindess, P. Q. Hirst and A. Hussain, Marx's 'Capital' and Capitalism Today, vols I and 2, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1977, 1978.

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