Essential Works of Lenin: What Is to Be Done? and Other Writingsby Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Pub. Date: 05/01/1987
Publisher: Dover Publications
Among the most influential political and social forces of the twentieth century, modern communism rests firmly on philosophical, political, and economic underpinnings developed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin. In this volume, comprising the four works generally considered his most important publications, Lenin presents the goals and tactics of
Among the most influential political and social forces of the twentieth century, modern communism rests firmly on philosophical, political, and economic underpinnings developed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin. In this volume, comprising the four works generally considered his most important publications, Lenin presents the goals and tactics of Communism with remarkable directness and forcefulness.
His first major work was The Development of Capitalism in Russia, written in prison after Lenin had been arrested for anti-government activities in 1895. Represented here by key sections, the book developed a number of crucial concepts, including the significance of the industrial proletariat as a revolutionary base. What Is to Be Done?, long regarded as the key manual of Communist action, is presented complete, containing Lenin's famous dissection of the Western idea of the political party along with his own concept of a monolithic party organization devoted to achieving the goal of dictatorship of the proletariat. Also presented complete is Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, in which Lenin examines the final "parasitic" stage of capitalism. Finally, this volume includes the complete text of The State and Revolution, Lenin's most significant work, in which he totally rejects the institutions of Western democracy and presents his vision of the final perfection of Communism.
For anyone who seeks to understand the twentieth century, capitalism, the Russian revolution, and the role of Communism in the tumultuous political and social movements that have shaped the modern world, the essential works of Lenin offer unparalleled insight and understanding. Taken together, they represent a balanced cross-section of this revolutionary theories of history, politics, and economics; his tactics for securing and retaining power; and his vision of a new social and economic order.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction
The Development of Capitalism in Russia
Conclusions to Chapter I
Conclusions to Chapter II
Excerpt from Chapter IV
Excerpt from Chapter VII
Excerpt from Chapter VIII
What Is to Be Done?
I. "Dogmatism and "Freedom of Criticism"
II. The Spontaneity of the Masses and the Class Consciousness of Social-Democracy
III. Trade Union Politics and Social-Democratic Politics
IV. The Primitiveness of the Economists and the Organization of Revolutionaries
"Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism"
Chapter I Concentration of Production and Monopolies
Chapter II The Banks and Their New Role
Chapter III Finance Captial and Financial Oligarchy
Chapter IV The Export of Capital
Chapter V The Division of the World Among Capitalist Combines
Chapter VI The Division of the World Among the Great Powers
Chapter VII Imperialism as a Special Stage of Capitalism
Chapter VIII The Parasitism and Decay of Capitalism
Chapter IX The Critique of Imperialism
Chapter X The Place of Imperialism in History
The State and Revolution
Chapter I Class Society and the State
Chapter II The State and Revolution. The Experience of 1848-51
Chapter III The State and Revolution. Experience of the Paris Commune of 1871. Marx's Analysis
Chapter IV Continuation. Supplementary Explanations by Engels
Chapter V The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State
Chapter VI The Vulgarization of Marxism by the Opportunists
Suggestions for Futher Reading
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