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Lenin: The Practice and Theory of Revolution
     

Lenin: The Practice and Theory of Revolution

by Jon White
 

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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

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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.

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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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"...especially valuable to university students just coming to the various disputes and controversies that eddy around Lenin and his achievements." --Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333721568
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
03/13/2001
Series:
European History in Perspective Series
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

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'...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

Meet the Author

JAMES D. WHITE is Reader in Russian and East European History at the University of Glasgow.

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