By Lars T. Lih

ISBN-10: 1861897936

ISBN-13: 9781861897930

Lenin (1870–1924) was once the chief of the communist Bolshevik occasion and founding father of the Soviet Union. A key innovative philosopher who spent a lot of his 30-year political occupation in exile, he went from relative obscurity to international status in 1917 whilst the October Revolution made his social gathering answerable for Russia's future.In this ebook Lars T. Lih offers a remarkable new interpretation of Lenin's political outlook. the normal view portrays Lenin as a pessimist with a dismissive view of the innovative capability of the employees. This e-book finds that underneath the pointy polemics, Lenin used to be extra a romantic fanatic than a bitter pragmatist, person who imposed that means at the whirlwind of occasions taking place round him by way of seeing them during the lens of his personal heroic state of affairs of sophistication leadership.This concise biography is predicated on wide-ranging new examine that places Lenin into the context either one of Russian society and the foreign socialist circulation of the early 20th century. It additionally units the improvement of Lenin's political outlook firmly in the framework of his kinfolk historical past and private outlook.Using modern photos, posters and prints, Lih illustrates the emotional and actual positive aspects of Lenin's international. A bright and non-partisan portrait of a key determine in smooth background, Lenin will entice a variety of readers.


“A rigorously drawn, sophisticated but compelling portrait of a innovative. this can be most likely the easiest and most excellent therapy we now have had on Lenin in lots of a long time, and it'll fill a niche for students, scholars, and the overall public.”—Ronald Suny, college of Michigan

(Ronald Suny college of Michigan )

“A scholarly, hugely available publication. It uniquely hyperlinks Lenin to a political undertaking for human liberation . . . the simplest remedy of Lenin and his principles i've got visible in contemporary years.” —Immanuel Ness, urban college of recent York

(Immanuel Ness )

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A sceptical Social Democrat, Elena Kuskova, wrote in 1899 that the actual results of capitalist industrialization in Russia were indeed ‘depressing and capable of plunging the most optimistic Marxist . . 10 These very understandable doubts were the reason that the Petersburg strikes of 1896 were so exhilarating for the Social Democratic praktiki. Their impact can best be gauged by remarks made by the liberal historian and party leader Paul Miliukov, writing less than a decade after the event: ‘In June, 1896, St Petersburg was roused by a startling movement of workingmen, the like of which it had never before seen.

Worker movement’ in this slogan means a militant, anti-capitalist, self-protection movement of worker protest. ‘Socialism’ means the socialist message, as spread by committed propagandists and agitators. Social Democracy happens when the two sides realize that they need each other. The worker movement acknowledges that only socialism can truly end worker exploitation and misery. The socialists acknowledge that socialism can only be established when the workers themselves understand its necessity and are ready to fight for it.

In Lenin’s mind the main ‘democratic elements’ were the urban workers and the narod. The emotional meaning of this episode is shown in a later poster by Walter Crane, created specifically at the request of Russian Social Democrats in London – just as Lenin’s Act Two concerns a specifically Russian task not faced by Social Democracy in Europe. In contrast to the worker in the previous poster, the central figure here has awakened and filed through the chains that kept him from acting. He looks with grim determination at the crowned eagle of tsarism that has dug its claws into him.

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