Essential Works of Lenin: What Is to Be Done? and Other Writings

Essential Works of Lenin: What Is to Be Done? and Other Writings

by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0486253333

ISBN-13: 9780486253336

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486253336
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
05/01/1987
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
197,280
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
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
Biographical Index
Glossary of Russian Terms

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