Lenin by Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich; Lenin, Vladimir Ilich; Lih, Lars T

By Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich; Lenin, Vladimir Ilich; Lih, Lars T

After Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) is the fellow so much linked to communism and its impact and succeed in world wide. Lenin used to be the chief of the communist Bolshevik occasion through the October 1917 revolution in Russia, and he as a consequence headed the Soviet nation till 1924, bringing balance to the zone and developing a socialist fiscal and political system.

 

In Lenin, Lars T. Lih provides a extraordinary new interpretation of Lenin’s political views and techniques. before, Lenin has been portrayed as a pessimist with a dismissive view of the progressive power of the staff. despite the fact that, Lih finds that beneath the pointy polemics, Lenin was once really a romantic fanatic instead of a bitter pragmatist, person who imposed which means at the whirlwind of occasions occurring round him. This concise and specific biography is predicated on wide-ranging new learn that places Lenin into the context either one of Russian society and of the foreign socialist move of the early 20th century. It additionally units the improvement of Lenin’s political outlook firmly in the framework of his kin heritage and personal existence. moreover, the book’s photos, that are taken from modern pictures, posters, and drawings, illustrate the good points of Lenin’s international and time.

 

A bright, non-ideological portrait, Lenin is a necessary examine one of many key figures of contemporary history.

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Lenin proudly claimed that ‘the government saw that it was becoming quite ridiculous to keep silent, since everybody knew about the strikes – and the government too was dragged along behind the rest. ’14 Lenin went out of his way to emphasize the weakness of the Petersburg underground – ‘The Union of Struggle, as we know, was founded only in 1895/6 and its appeals to the workers were confined to badly printed broadsheets’ – because this weakness was actually a source of encouragement. If such a feeble organization helped to generate an unprecedented strike movement, what could not be accomplished by a properly organized Social Democratic underground?

In fact, over the years, the Ulyanovs certainly benefited from their connection with Alexander and the prestige that this connection gave them in the eyes of a public opinion that was extremely hostile to tsarism. Lenin later recalled that the following summer in the village of Kokushkino was the most intensive bout of reading of his entire life. His reading pushed him to the next stage of his evolution as he discovered the Russian revolutionary tradition. The author who had the most influence on him was Nikolai Chernyshevsky, an outstanding radical journalist and scholar of the 1860s.

And when such a worker ‘leaves home to tramp the whole of Russia’ and ‘hires himself out now to a landlord, tomorrow to a railway contractor’, he will see many things not previously visible. 13 This newly visible rightlessness gives the village poor a stake in a political revolution. The narod, Lenin insisted, was even now breaking up into two opposed classes: workers on one side and a new bourgeoisie of peasant origin on the other. Ultimately, these two new classes would be bitter enemies. Social Democracy could therefore not undertake to organize or lead peasant farmers.

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