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Plan of a Lecture on the Commune

  [english | 1902]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Every revolution begins at the top as the ruling class with no clear way forward split over what course of action to take. In January 1916 a strike wave developed against food shortages and speculators. Feeling the movement building up from below a section of the ruling class favored making limited concessions. During late 1916 the mystic monk Rasputin was murdered and plots were laid for a ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 228

Playing at Parliamentarianism

  [english | 1908]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Over the next twelve years bolshevism which had begun as a faction within the Russian Social-Democratic Workers party gradually emerged as an independent party that had cut its ties with all other Russian Marxists. The process involved long and bitter arguments against Mensheviks as well as against all those who worked to reunite the factions. It involved fights over funds struggles for control ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 394

Plekhanov and Vasilyev

  [english | 1896]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [The February Revolution of 1917 in Russia was the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Largely a bloodless transfer of power from the Tsar the regime that came into being was an alliance between liberals and socialists who wanted to instigate political reform create a democratically elected executive and constituent assembly. In the first half of February lack of food supply caused ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 69

Political Agitation and The Class Point of View

  [english | 1906]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [During the next few years Lenin was essentially dictator (a ruler with unquestionable authority) of Russia. The major task he faced was establishing this authority for himself and his party in the country. Most of his policies can be understood in this light even though he angered some elements in the population while satisfying others. Examples of such policies include the governments seizing of ...]
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Political Disputes Among the Liberals

  [english | 1918]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Before he became the general of the revolution Lenin was its pedant the journalist-scholar who married Marxist theory to an incisive analysis of insurrectionist tactics. His theories of what society ought to be and how that ideal must be achieved were the products of thousands of hours spent reading. The incomprehensibility of Lenin is precisely this all-consuming intellectuality--the fact that ...]
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Political Notes

  [english | 1912]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Vladimir Lenin was born in 1870 and was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. He became a revolutionary a communist politician the principal leader of the October Revolution the first head of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic and from 1922 the first de facto leader of the Soviet Union. He wrote Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism while in exile in Switzerland ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 371

Political Parties in Russia

  [english | 1912]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Over the next twelve years bolshevism which had begun as a faction within the Russian Social-Democratic Workers party gradually emerged as an independent party that had cut its ties with all other Russian Marxists. The process involved long and bitter arguments against Mensheviks as well as against all those who worked to reunite the factions. It involved fights over funds struggles for control ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 263

Political Parties in the Five Years of the Third Duma

  [english | 1920]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [The Russian Revolution was the greatest step forward in history. The working class though a minority led all oppressed and exploited people in smashing the Tsarist dictatorship. Taking state power through their Soviets (councils) the armed workers overthrew landlordism and capitalism laying the first foundations for a state owned and planned economy. Tragically the workers democracy established ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 285

Political Sophisms

  [english | 1907]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Has the Russian revolution been successfully extended internationally with the development of a socialist federation embracing economically advanced countries the discussion of pre-1917 perspectives would now be of only historical interest to Marxists. Unfortunately with the defeat of the revolution in Europe Soviet Russia was isolated. The revolution suffered an inevitable degeneration. The ...]
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Political Struggle and Political Chicanery

  [english | 1896]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [The one factor that was missing in all these revolutions but which was present in October 1917 was the subjective factor a workers leadership capable of preparing in good season the working class for the socialist transformation of society. It was the policy and the tactics of the Bolshevik Party under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky which led the Russian workers to victory. Lenin prepared ...]
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POSTSCRIPT TO THE PAMPHLET A LETTER TO A COMRADE ON OUR ORGANISATIONAL TASKS

  [english | 1910]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [The revolution and the introduction of a planned economy laid the basis for the transformation of Russia from the India of Europe to the second most powerful economy and country on the globe. Despite the squandering of the advantages of the planned economy by the monstrous one-party totalitarian regime which subsequently arose the Russian Revolution has been more than justified in the colossal ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 199

Preface to the Collected Articles Against the Stream

  [english | 1903]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Lenin and Trotsky had seen the Russian revolution merely as the prologue to the international revolution. In isolation backward Russia was not ready for socialism. The beginning of socialism meant a higher level of productive forces than even the most developed capitalist economy. This was only possible on a world scale. In the phrase of Lenin capitalism had broken at its weakest link. But the ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 261

PREFACE TO THE COLLECTION TWELVE YEARS

  [english | 1895]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [In the April Theses therefore Lenin called for a struggle for a socialist program based on the independent action of the working class. Its main elements were: No Support for the Provisional government. Fight for the Soviets to take power. End the war. Confiscate the big estates. Nationalize the banks. Establish workers control of industry. Replace the police and army with a workers ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 126

PREFACE TO THE PAMPHLET A LETTER TO A COMRADE ON OUR ORGANISATIONAL TASKS

  [english | 1898]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Lenin was one of the leading political figures and revolutionary thinkers of the 20th century who masterminded the Bolshevik take-over of power in Russia in 1917 and was the architect and first head of the USSR. Expelled from university for his radical policies Lenin completed his law degree as an external student in 1891. He moved to St Petersburg and became a professional revolutionary. Like ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 235

Preface TO THE PAMPHLET BY VOINOV

  [english | 1905]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Over the next twelve years bolshevism which had begun as a faction within the Russian Social-Democratic Workers party gradually emerged as an independent party that had cut its ties with all other Russian Marxists. The process involved long and bitter arguments against Mensheviks as well as against all those who worked to reunite the factions. It involved fights over funds struggles for control ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 358

Preface to the Pamphlet May Days in Kharov

  [english | 1917]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [On 8th July 1917 Alexander Kerensky became the new leader of the Provisional Government. Kerensky was still the most popular man in the government because of his political past. In the Duma he had been leader of the moderate socialists and had been seen as the champion of the working-class. However Kerensky like George Lvov was unwilling to end the war. In fact soon after taking office he ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 329

PREFACE TO THE RUSSIAN TRANSLATION OF KARL MARX LETTERS

  [english | 1911]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Every revolution begins at the top as the ruling class with no clear way forward split over what course of action to take. In January 1916 a strike wave developed against food shortages and speculators. Feeling the movement building up from below a section of the ruling class favored making limited concessions. During late 1916 the mystic monk Rasputin was murdered and plots were laid for a ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 224

PREFACE TO THE RUSSIAN TRANSLATION OF KAUTSKY PAMPHLET

  [english | 1906]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Anarchy In Petrograd. The War: 4th Year 1908th. Aided by the garrisol of Petrograd the Maximalists under Lenin have deposed the Kerensky Government and have assumed office. They announce that this was acomplished without bloodshed that several Ministers have been arrested and that M. Kerensky is a fugitive. In a proclamation to the Arrny Committees they state that authority of Government has been ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 204

PREFACE TO THE RUSSIAN TRANSLATION OF LETTERS BY JOHANNES BECKER

  [english | 1919]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [The revolution and the introduction of a planned economy laid the basis for the transformation of Russia from the India of Europe to the second most powerful economy and country on the globe. Despite the squandering of the advantages of the planned economy by the monstrous one-party totalitarian regime which subsequently arose the Russian Revolution has been more than justified in the colossal ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 83

PREFACE TO THE RUSSIAN TRANSLATION OF LIEBKNECHT PAMPHLET

  [english | 1898]  

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Summary: [Bolsheviks: Revolutionary wing of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party which under the leadership of Lenin led the working class to the taking of power in October 1917. Trotsky and his supporters joined the Bolshevik Party at its conference of July 1917 past differences between them having been resolved through the experience of the revolution. He was elected to the Bolshevik central ...]
Genres: [political | revolutionary | social historyDownloads: 369
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