Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings of V.I. Lenin

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    V.I. Lenin

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2008

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 488 pages

    ISBN: 9780745327600

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Part of Pluto's 21st birthday series Get Political, which brings essential political writing in a range of fields to a new audience.

This is an entirely new collection of Lenin's writing. For the first time it brings together crucial shorter works, to show that Lenin held a life-long commitment to freedom and democracy. Le Blanc has written a comprehensive introduction, which gives an accessible overview of Lenin's life and work, and explains his relevance to political thought today.

Lenin has been much maligned in the mainstream, accused of viewing "man as modeling clay" and of "social engineering of the most radical kind." However, in contrast to today's world leaders, who happily turn to violence to achieve their objectives, Lenin believed it impossible to reach his goals "by any other path than that of political democracy."

This collection will be of immense value to students encountering Lenin for the first time, and those looking for a new interpretation of one of the 20th century's most inspiring figures.

About the Author

V.I. Lenin (1870-1924) was a pivotal figure in twentieth century radical politics. He was a theoretician and the leader of the Russian Bolshevik Party. He wrote widely, authoring books such as Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism (Pluto, 1996). His selected writings were collected in the volume Revolution, Democracy, Socialism (Pluto, 2008).

Paul Le Blanc (editor) is an activist and acclaimed American historian teaching at La Roche University, Pennsylvania. A conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, his politics were at odds with the establishment from a young age. He has written extensively on the history of the labor and socialist movements of the United States and Europe, including books on Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg and the importance of the revolutionary collective.

What People Are Saying

'A reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew." Professor Bryan Palmer, Trent University, author of E. P. Thompson: Objections and Oppositions and James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left

Table of Contents

by Paul Le Blanc
1. Lenin
2. Lenin's Critics
3. His Time and Ours
4. Further Reading
I. Marxist Program and Revolutionary Organization
1. 1895-6: Draft and Explanation of a Program of the Social Democratic Party
2. 1897-9: The Development of Capitalism in Russia
3. 1899: Our Program
4. 1899: Our Immediate Task
5. 1899: Fuse Socialism with the Workers' Movement
II. Birth of Bolshevism
6. 1900: The Urgent Tasks of Our Movement
7. 1902: What Is To Be Done?
8. 1903: To the Rural Poor
9. 1904: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Reply to Rosa Luxemburg
10. 1904: Against Subordination to Liberals
III. 1905: Challenges of the Revolutionary Upsurge
11. 1905: The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia
12. 1905: A Militant Agreement for the Uprising
13. 1905: Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution
14. 1905: Our Tasks and the Soviet of Workers Deputies
15. 1905: Socialism and Religion
IV. Creation of the Bolshevik Party
16. 1906: Freedom to Criticise and Unity of Action
17. 1909: Break with Ultra-Left Bolsheviks
18. 1912: Final Break with the Mensheviks
19. 1914: Report to Brussels
V. Imperialist War, National Liberation, Revolutionary Democracy
20. 1913: The Historical Destiny of the Doctrine of Karl Marx
21. 1915: Socialism and War
22. 1915: The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination
23. 1916: Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism
24. 1917: Statistics and Sociology
VI. 1917 Revolution
25. 1917: Letters on Tactics
26. 1917: The State and Revolution
27. 1917: To the Population: Take Power in Your Own Hands
28. 1918: Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly
VII. World Revolution
29. 1918: Letter to American Workers
30. 1919: The Third International and Its Place in History
31. 1920: Left-Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder
32. 1921: Speech on Tactics of the Communist International
VIII. Reaching for Socialism, Resisting Bureaucracy
33. 1919: Tasks of the Working Women's Movement
34. 1919: Comments to Congress on Adult Education
35. 1920: On the Trade Unions
36. 1921: The Party Crisis
37. 1923: Better Fewer, But Better

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