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In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, The October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned, never-completed master work on The State and Revolution ... This powerfully argued book offers both the rationale for the new regime and a wealth of insights into Leninist politics. It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged ...
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Overview

In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, The October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned, never-completed master work on The State and Revolution ... This powerfully argued book offers both the rationale for the new regime and a wealth of insights into Leninist politics. It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged his opponents and set out his trenchant views on class conflict, the lessons of earlier revolutions, the dismantling of the bourgeois state and the replacement of capitalism by the, dictatorship of the proletariat. The result, as Robert Service suggests in his stimulating Introduction, is 'a choral ode to action, intolerance, combat and collectivism, the anthem of Bolshevism in its revolutionary era'. Immediately established as a standard text, it was selectively cited by leaders from Stalin to Gorbachev in support of programmes which differed in important ways. As both historical document and political statement, its importance can hardly be exaggerated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780717801961
  • Publisher: International Publishers Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1943
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 103

Table of Contents

Translator's Notes
Introduction
Preface to the First Edition 3
Preface to the Second Edition 5
Ch. I Class Society and the State 7
1 The State as the Product of the Irreconcilability of Class Contradictions 7
2 Special Bodies of Armed Men, Prisons, Etc. 10
3 The State as an Instrument for the Exploitation of the Oppressed Class 12
4 The 'Withering Away' of the State and Violent Revolution 16
Ch. II The State and Revolution - The Experience of 1848-51 22
1 The Eve of the Revolution 22
2 The Revolution in Summary 25
3 The Presentation of the Question by Marx in 1852 30
Ch. III The State and Revolution - The Experience of the Paris Commune of 1871 - Marx's Analysis 33
1 What was Heroic about the Communards' Attempt? 33
2 With What is the Smashed State Machine to be Replaced? 37
3 The Eradication of Parliamentarianism 41
4 Organization of the Unity of the Nation 46
5 The Destruction of the Parasite State 49
Ch. IV Continuation: Supplementary Clarifications by Engels 52
1 The Housing Question 52
2 The Polemic with the Anarchists 54
3 Letter to Bebel 58
4 Critique of the Draft of the Erfurt Programme 61
5 The 1891 Preface to Marx's The Civil War in France 67
6 Engels on the Overcoming of Democracy 72
Ch. V The Economic Basis for the Withering Away of the State 75
1 The Presentation of the Question by Marx 75
2 The Transition from Capitalism to Communism 77
3 The First Phase of Communist Society 82
4 The Higher Phase of Communist Society 85
Ch. VI The Vulgarization of Marxism by the Opportunists 93
1 Plekhanov's Polemic with the Anarchists 93
2 Kautsky's Polemic with the Opportunists 94
3 Kautsky's Polemic with Pannekoek 101
Ch. VII The Experience of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 [unfinished text] 110
Postscript to the First Edition 111
Glossary 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

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    This is a very lucid exposition of the essence of Marxist revolutionary theory and its relation to the bourgeois state. Even if you are a non-Leninist socialist or not a socialist at all, I hope you can appreciate this book for the important status it holds as a classic of political philosophy. Highly recommended.

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