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A Little Explanation

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1902

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Timothy B. Riley, September 2007


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Summary of the Book 'A Little Explanation':

Lenins April Theses form one of the most decisive manifestos in the history of the revolution. They consist of just a few short notes the bare skeleton of Lenins speeches when he arrived back in Petrograd in April 1917. But the ideas outlined within them brought about a decisive reorientation of the Bolshevik leadership. Lynn Walsh re-examines the April Theses and their lessons for today. Lenins return from exile crystallized a crisis in the Bolshevik party. The leadership in Russia around Kamenev and Stalin who had assumed responsibility on their return from Siberia in March endorsed the Soviets position of conditional support for the Provisional government of Prince Lvov - even though the Soviet held the real power on the streets and in the factories. Lenin had already rejected this stance as his Letters from Afar in February demonstrated. The Provisional government in his view was so bound up with the landlords the industrialists and the bankers that it was incapable of fulfilling its promises. To believe that the government would end the war distribute the big estates solve the economic crisis and meet workers demands was a dangerous illusion. There was no question as far as Lenin was concerned of supporting the Provisional government while it carried out reforms in the expectation that at a later stage more favorable conditions would emerge for the struggle for socialism. The liberal bourgeois government pushed reluctantly into power by the February revolution had already gone as far as it was capable of going. Unless the Soviets smashed the remnants of the old state and placed power decisively in the hands of the workers the Provisional government would succumb to counter-revolution. The next phase would be a new regime of totalitarian reaction.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Little Explanation':


... A LITTLE EXPLANATION ? Pravda, No. 85, August 8, 1913 Signed: N. B. Published according to the Pravda text? Translated ...
... Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2000). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work as well as make derivative and commercial works. ...
... Commons License ? ? A LITTLE EXPLANATION ? ? The question whether our Cadets are democrats or ...
... Vodovozov showed vacillation on this question. ? ? Concerning this question, Pravda referred to Mr. Gredeskul's recent statements, repeated ...
... know what statements by Mr. Gredeskul Pravda is talking about. ? ? How very nice, isn't it? Pravda said in clear and precise terms that it was ...
... ?? Would it not be more natural to suppose that the liberals want to forget certain things in their recent past for the sake of their pre-election playing ...
... scientific question, what Mr. Gredeskul said in a series of public lectures and what he repeated in Rech No. 117 (2071), without the editors making ...
... the contention of Vekhi that the Russian emancipation movement had failed (allegedly through the fault of the intelligentsia) and comparing it with the ...
... much further to the left than P. B. Struve but who likewise believe that the movement has brought us absolutely nothing, I upheld a thesis to the contrary, ...
... and very deeply and solidly, too, in the very midst of the masses of ? ? * See p. 246 of this volume. -Ed.? [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's ...
... a critical confrontation for these two assertions and at the same time to express an idea which I also consider of the utmost political importance ...
... had to be started from the beginning, or, in other words, a second movement had to be organised, whereas from the point of view of the latter ...
... the laying of the foundations for a Russian constitution), the opposite was true - no second popular movement was needed but merely quiet, persevering ...
... police (it happened in Lepaya). In this manner there ensued in Lepaya a police demonstration against a public denial of the need for a new revolution ...
... But besides this, Mr. Gredeskul has proved two important things: (1) that the polemics of Mr. Gredeskul and Co. against Vekhi are so much pretence and ...
... (2) that the Marxist characterisation of the Cadet Party according to its scientific, economic and political features is perfectly correct. ? Recommended ...
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