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After Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) is the man most associated with communism and its influence and reach around the world. Lenin was the leader of the communist Bolshevik party during the October 1917 revolution in Russia, and he subsequently headed the Soviet state until 1924, bringing stability to the region and establishing a socialist economic and political system.

 

In Lenin, Lars T. Lih presents a striking new interpretation of Lenin’s political beliefs and ...

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Overview

After Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) is the man most associated with communism and its influence and reach around the world. Lenin was the leader of the communist Bolshevik party during the October 1917 revolution in Russia, and he subsequently headed the Soviet state until 1924, bringing stability to the region and establishing a socialist economic and political system.

 

In Lenin, Lars T. Lih presents a striking new interpretation of Lenin’s political beliefs and strategies. Until now, Lenin has been portrayed as a pessimist with a dismissive view of the revolutionary potential of the workers. However, Lih reveals that underneath the sharp polemics, Lenin was actually a romantic enthusiast rather than a sour pragmatist, one who imposed meaning on the whirlwind of events going on around him. This concise and unique biography is based on wide-ranging new research that puts Lenin into the context both of Russian society and of the international socialist movement of the early twentieth century. It also sets the development of Lenin’s political outlook firmly within the framework of his family background and private life. In addition, the book’s images, which are taken from contemporary photographs, posters, and drawings, illustrate the features of Lenin’s world and time.

 

A vivid, non-ideological portrait, Lenin is an essential look at one of the key figures of modern history.

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Editorial Reviews

Ronald Suny
“A carefully drawn, subtle yet compelling portrait of a revolutionary. This is probably the best and most reliable treatment we have had on Lenin in many decades, and it will fill a gap for scholars, students, and the general public.”—Ronald Suny, University of Michigan
Immanuel Ness
“A scholarly, highly accessible book. It uniquely links Lenin to a political project for human liberation . . . the best treatment of Lenin and his ideas I have seen in recent years.” —Immanuel Ness, City University of New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861897930
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Series: Reaktion Books - Critical Lives Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,305,724
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lars T. Lih is an independent scholar who lives in Montreal. His other books include Bread and Authority in Russia, 1914–1921 and Lenin Rediscovered: “What is to be Done?” in Context.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Another Way

2. The Merger of Socialism and the Worker Movement

3. A People’s Revolution

4. Three Train Rides

5. Beyond the ‘Textbook à la Kautsky’

Epilogue

 

References

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgements

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    If you want to know the real Lenin, and not the Cold War or as t

    If you want to know the real Lenin, and not the Cold War or as the author calls it "textbook Lenin", read this book! The author shows why Lenin did what he did, and also his true political intention. The author also disproves the notion that Lenin was a elitist who tricked the Russians masses to put him in power. This book shows that Lenin had this romantic scenario that the working class can/will lead themselves to victory over exploitation.

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