A political and intellectual biographical study of Lenin which focuses on those 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 which 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.
About the Author
JAMES D. WHITE is Reader in Russian and East European History at the University of Glasgow.
Table of Contents
Preface.- Introduction.- The Making of a Revolutionary.- A Party of a New Type.- The 1905 Revolution and its Aftermath.- The First World War.- Lenin as Revolutionary.- Lenin in Power.- The Lenin Legend.- Select Bibliography.- Biographical Notes.- Chronology.- Glossary.- Index.
What People are Saying About This
'...especially valuable to university students just coming to the various disputes and controversies that eddy around Lenin and his achievements.' - Choice
'This European History in Perspective series is a good one...This book provides a convincing set of backed up arguments, to take some of the myth out of the story of Lenin as a revolutionary thinker and tactician.' - Andrew Hunt, History Teaching Review Yearbook
'Combines what Lenin thought with what he did in an exemplary manner.' - Professor Paul Dukes, University of Aberdeen
'An excellent introduction to Lenin's life and thought. Good supplementary reading for my courses on Russia.' - E.A. Swift, University of Essex