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I t seemed to me absolutely indispensable to lay the problems of foreign policy temporarily on the shoulders of the bourgeoisie, in order to create the possibility of a struggle for the most rapid and painless liquidation of the war under a bourgeois Govern­ ment that was carrying on the military policy of the autocracy. The creation of the conditions for the liquidation of the war, and not the liquidation itself-that was the fundamental problem of the overturn. And for this a bourgeois, not a democratic, Government was essential.

Trotsky himself, after having predicted (in 1 904) that 'the organization of the Party would take the place of the Party itself, the Central Committee would take the place of the organization, and finally the Dictator would take the place of the Central Committee', under the pressure of circumstance came to the view in 1 9 1 7 that it was just such a streamlined organizational structure that could ensure the conquest and retention of power by the Bolshevik Party. It was this acceptance by Lenin of Trotsky's theoretical justification of the possibility, and indeed of the necessity, of the proletarian assumption of power, and Trotsky's acceptance of Lenin's organization, that constituted a tacit compromise between them in 1 g 1 7 and served as the springboard for joint action.

1 The Socialist-Revolutionaries (SRs) : a party that arose in the beginning of the 20th century as a development of earlier Populist parties (see note, p. 16) ; it regarded terrorism as the most effective method of struggle against the autocracy, but also engaged in propaganda amongst the workers and peasants. It boycotted the elec­ tions to the First Duma, although a number of sympathisers took part in them and in the First Duma formed the fairly substantial Trudovik group, controlled largely by Populists and SRs.

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