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Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Brooks
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    ISBN-13: 2900312412660
    Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
    Publication date: 10/27/2006
    Series: Bedford Series in History and Culture
    Edition description: First Edition
    Pages: 192
    Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.42(d)

    About the Author

    JEFFREY BROOKS is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Thank You Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War (2000) and When Russia Learned to Read: Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917 (1985; reprinted 2003), which won the Vucinich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for best book by an American in 1985. Professor Brooks received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts and Sciences for 2004. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    GEORGIY CHERNYAVSKIY, an independent researcher, was a professor at Kharkov University until 1996. His most recent books, both published in Russian, are Sagas of the Truth and Lies: Political Dramas of the Twentieth Century (2004) and The Shadow of the Devil's Wing: Bolshevism and National Socialism--A Comparative Historical Analysis (2003).

    Table of Contents

    Foreword     iii
    Preface     v
    Introduction: V. I. Lenin's Life and Legacy     1
    V. I. Lenin and the Founding of the Soviet State     1
    The Russia of Lenin's Youth     3
    Lenin as Revolutionary     7
    World War I and the Russian Revolution     12
    Bolshevik Rule and the New Soviet State     17
    War Communism: Ideology or Pragmatism?     20
    Lenin's Last Active Years: The New Economic Policy and Other Innovations     22
    Lenin's Decline     25
    Lenin's Legacy     29
    The Documents     35
    Lenin and the Bolshevik Seizure of Power, 1900-1917     37
    Lenin as a Theorist of Revolution     38
    From The Urgent Tasks of Our Movement, December 1900     38
    From What Is to Be Done? 1902     39
    From The Party Organization and Party Literature, November 1905     42
    From Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916     44
    From The State and Revolution, 1917     45
    The Path to the Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power     48
    From The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution (April Theses), April 1917     49
    From Speech in Favor of the Resolution on the War, April 27 (May 10), 1917     51
    From Resolution on the National Question, May 1917     52
    From An Open Letter to the Delegates of the All-Russian Congress of Peasants' Deputies, May 7 (29), 1917     53
    From The Political Situation, July 10 (23), 1917     56
    From The Impending Catastrophe and How to Combat It, September 10-14 (September 23-27), 1917     57
    From One of the Fundamental Questions of the Revolution, September 27 (October 10), 1917     59
    The Monopolization of Power during the Civil War: 1917-1920     61
    Toward One-Party Power     62
    From To Workers, Soldiers, and Peasants! October 25 (November 7), 1917     62
    From Resolution of the Central Committee of the RSDLP(B) on the Opposition within the Central Committee, November 2 (15), 1917     63
    Decree on the Arrest of the Leaders of the Civil War against the Revolution, November 28 (December 11), 1917     64
    From Draft Decree on the Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, January 6 (19), 1918     65
    From Speech to Propagandists on Their Way to the Provinces, February 5, 1918     67
    Interview Granted to an Izvestia Correspondent in Connection with the Left Socialist-Revolutionary Revolt, July 8, 1918     69
    The Bolshevik Terror and the Stigmatization of Public Enemies     71
    Draft Resolution on Freedom of the Press, November 4 (17), 1917      71
    Letter to G. I. Blagonravov and V. D. Bonch-Bruevich, December 8 (21), 1917     73
    Telegram to V. L. Paniushkin, June 15, 1918     74
    Letter to G. E. Zinoviev, June 26, 1918     75
    From Report of the Council of People's Commissars on the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets, July 5, 1918     76
    Telegram to the Penza Gubernia Executive Committee of the Soviets, August 19, 1918     77
    From Letter to Maxim Gorky, September 15, 1919     78
    Problems of War and World Revolution     79
    The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger! February 21, 1918     80
    V. I. Lenin and others, From Resolution on War and Peace, March 8, 1918     82
    From Letter to the Workers and Peasants apropos of the Victory over Kolchak, August 24, 1919     83
    From Letter to American Workers, August 20, 1918     86
    From Speech at the Opening Session of the Congress, March 2, 1919     88
    From "Left-Wing" Communism-an Infantile Disorder, April-May 1920     89
    From Report on the International Situation and the Fundamental Tasks of the Communist International to the Second Congress of Comintern, July 19, 1920     90
    From Political Report to the Ninth All-Russian Conference of the RCP(B), September 20, 1920     92
    War Communism and the Invention of a Command Economy     94
    From The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government, March-April 1918 (published in Pravda on April 28, 1918)     94
    From Organization of Food Detachments, June 27, 1918     97
    From Speech to the First All-Russian Congress of Land Departments, Poor Peasants' Committees, and Communes, December 11, 1918     99
    From Political Report of the Central Committee to the Eighth All-Russian Conference of the RCP(B), December 2, 1919     101
    Threats to the Revolution: The Development of the New Economic Policy     103
    Disputes and Opposition in the Party, 1920-1921     104
    From The Party Crisis, January 21 (February 3), 1921     104
    Summary of Lenin's Remarks at the Conference of the Delegates to the Tenth Congress of the RCP(B) - Supporters of the Platform of Ten, March 13, 1921     106
    From Preliminary Draft Resolution of the Tenth Congress of the RCP on Party Unity, March 1921     108
    Anti-Bolshevik Popular Uprisings and the Shift in Policy     111
    From Report on the Political Work of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) on Tenth Congress of the RCP(B), March 8, 1921     112
    Rough Draft of Theses Concerning the Peasants, February 8, 1921     114
    Lenin's Objective in the New Economic Policy     115
    From Report on the Substitution of a Tax in Kind for the Surplus Grain Appropriation System, March 15, 1921     115
    Draft Resolution on the Question of the New Economic Policy for the Tenth Conference of the RCP(B), May 1921     119
    V. I. Lenin and V. M. Molotov, Telegram to All Provincial and Regional Party Committees of the RCP(B), July 30, 1921     123
    From The Political Report of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) to the Eleventh Congress of the RCP(B), March 27, 1922     125
    Economic Policy under the NEP     129
    From Five Years of the Russian Revolution and the Prospects of the World Revolution: Report to the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, November 13, 1922     129
    Letter to Maxim Gorky, December 6, 1921     134
    The Institutionalization of a One-Party System     135
    From We Have Paid Too Much, April 9, 1922     135
    Letter to I. V. Stalin, July 17, 1922     139
    Toward a Single Spiritual and Cultural System     141
    Letter to A. V. Lunacharsky, May 6, 1921     142
    Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Politburo of the CC of RCP(B), January 12, 1922     143
    From The Tasks of the Youth Leagues, October 2, 1920     144
    From Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Members of the CC of RCP(B), March 19, 1922     146
    The Sick Leader: De Facto Removal from Power     150
    Letter to Stalin for Politburo of RCP(B) CC, June 15, 1922     151
    From Letter to the Congress: Continuation of the Notes, December 24, 1922      152
    Letter to I. V. Stalin, March 5, 1923     155
    Lenin's Last Thoughts     156
    From On Co-operation, January 4 and 6, 1923     157
    From The Question of Nationalities or "Autonomization," December 30, 1922     159
    A Chronology of V. I. Lenin's Life (1870-1924)     162
    Questions for Consideration     165
    Selected Bibliography     166
    Index     169

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