The Spark that Lit the Revolution: Lenin in London and the Politics that Changed the World

The Spark that Lit the Revolution: Lenin in London and the Politics that Changed the World

by Robert Henderson


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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin visited London on six occasions at the beginning of the twentieth century and it was in this city, where Marx wrote Das Kapital, that the roots of Lenin's political thought took shape. This book, from a former curator of the Russian collections at the British Library, tells the story for the first time of Lenin's intriguing relationship with the enigmatic Apollinariya Yakubova – a revolutionary known to her comrades as the 'primeval force of the Black Earth'.

The book reveals Lenin's London-based accomplices and political rivals, and sheds new light on his world-view – one which would have such a crucial impact on the twentieth century. This is the first full exploration of the formation of one of the leading political visionaries of his age. Henderson has made a series of stunning archival discoveries, published here for the first time, as well as photographs and details of the Russian revolutionaries (and indeed international police spies) who congregated in the east end of London - known then as the 'Little Russian Island'. Featuring an extraordinary amount of new archival material, this is an essential addition to our knowledge of Lenin the man and of the roots of the Russian revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784538620
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/19/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,181,282
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Henderson is former Head of the Russian Archive at the British Library. He is author of numerous jourbanal articles and book chapters in the field of Russian History and Honorary Research Associate at Queen Mary, University of London

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Note on Transliteration and Calendars xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

Frontispiece xvii

Introduction 1

1 The little Russian island: the first castaways 9

2 'Lirochka' and Lenin - the spark that lit the flame? 39

3 1902-1903: Iskra and shaping the Party 83

4 1905: a congress of conspirators 111

5 The London Congress of 1907 and the triumph of Lenin 141

6 Two last visits: 1908 and 1911 177

Postscript Apollinariya's story 203

Appendix 215

Select Bibliography 220

Notes 232

Index 255

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