Lenin: The Practice and Theory of Revolution

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This political and intellectual biographical study of Lenin focuses on aspects of his thought and political activities that had a bearing on the accession of the Bolsheviks to power in Russia in 1917 and the creation of the Soviet state. The book places Lenin in the context of his times and shows his relationship to other socialist thinkers. In particular, it locates Lenin within the development of Marxist thought in Russia. Its historiographical chapter reveals the political factors that influenced the way ...

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Overview

This political and intellectual biographical study of Lenin focuses on aspects of his thought and political activities that had a bearing on the accession of the Bolsheviks to power in Russia in 1917 and the creation of the Soviet state. The book places Lenin in the context of his times and shows his relationship to other socialist thinkers. In particular, it locates Lenin within the development of Marxist thought in Russia. Its historiographical chapter reveals the political factors that influenced the way biographies of Lenin were written in the Soviet Union. The book makes extensive use of first-hand materials including sources from the Russian archives.

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Because the leader of the Russian Revolution is known for the combination of what he thought and what he did, White (Russian and East European history, U. of Glasgow) departs from earlier studies by considering them together. He tackles the question of whether Lenin was, as he claimed, a faithful follower of Marx, or diverged from his ideas in substantial ways. He also places him in the history of the revolution, and explores the various political influences that have had an impact on the presentation of his biography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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James D. White is Reader in Russian and East European History, University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Making of a Revolutionary 13
2 A Party of a New Type 40
3 The 1905 Revolution and its Aftermath 68
4 The First World War 100
5 Lenin as Revolutionary 129
6 Lenin in Power 150
7 The Lenin Legend 178
Notes 203
Select Bibliography 220
Biographical Notes 226
Chronology 237
Glossary 247
Index 253
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