Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312412665
ISBN-13: 9780312412661
Edition: 2007
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870–1924) led the first successful revolt against market-based liberal democracy and founded the Soviet state in 1917, serving as the new nation's chief architect and sole ruler for the next five years. He created an innovative political, economic, social, and cultural system that in its heyday would challenge the military, technological, and cultural might of the United States. This collection of primary sources allows readers to learn about Lenin through his own words and explores the complicated relationship between Lenin's actions and his ideology. Jeffrey Brooks and Georgiy Chernyavskiy have translated newly available documents that make it possible to provide a more accurate portrait of this ruthless strategist. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support and encourage students to analyze the actions and beliefs of a man who transformed world history and whose legacy continues to affect social and political movements throughout the world.

Jeffrey J. Brooks, BSc; PhD; FIMS. Retired. Formerly Senior Lectures & Director of Postgraduate Studies in Civil Engineering at Leeds University. Has over 30 years of experience with over 150 papers as well as several textbooks.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: V. I. Lenin's Life and Legacy
V. I. Lenin and the Founding of the Soviet State
The Russia of Lenin's Youth
Lenin as Revolutionary
World War I and the Russian Revolution
Bolshevik Rule and the New Soviet State
War Communism: Ideology or Pragmatism?
Lenin's Last Active Years: The New Economic Policy and Other Innovations
Lenin's Decline
Lenin's Legacy
The Documents
Lenin and the Bolshevik Seizure of Power, 1900-1917
Lenin as a Theorist of Revolution
From The Urgent Tasks of Our Movement, December 1900
From What Is to Be Done? 1902
From The Party Organization and Party Literature, November 1905
From Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916
From The State and Revolution, 1917
The Path to the Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power
From The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution (April Theses), April 1917
From Speech in Favor of the Resolution on the War, April 27 (May 10), 1917
From Resolution on the National Question, May 1917
From An Open Letter to the Delegates of the All-Russian Congress of Peasants' Deputies, May 7 (29), 1917
From The Political Situation, July 10 (23), 1917
From The Impending Catastrophe and How to Combat It, September 10-14 (September 23-27), 1917
From One of the Fundamental Questions of the Revolution, September 27 (October 10), 1917
The Monopolization of Power during the Civil War: 1917-1920
Toward One-Party Power
From To Workers, Soldiers, and Peasants! October 25 (November 7), 1917
From Resolution of the Central Committee of the RSDLP(B) on the Opposition within the Central Committee, November 2 (15), 1917
Decree on the Arrest of the Leaders of the Civil War against the Revolution, November 28 (December 11), 1917
From Draft Decree on the Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, January 6 (19), 1918
From Speech to Propagandists on Their Way to the Provinces, February 5, 1918
Interview Granted to an Izvestia Correspondent in Connection with the Left Socialist-Revolutionary Revolt, July 8, 1918
The Bolshevik Terror and the Stigmatization of Public Enemies
Draft Resolution on Freedom of the Press, November 4 (17), 1917
Letter to G. I. Blagonravov and V. D. Bonch-Bruevich, December 8 (21), 1917
Telegram to V. L. Paniushkin, June 15, 1918
Letter to G. E. Zinoviev, June 26, 1918
From Report of the Council of People's Commissars on the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets, July 5, 1918
Telegram to the Penza Gubernia Executive Committee of the Soviets, August 19, 1918
From Letter to Maxim Gorky, September 15, 1919
Problems of War and World Revolution
The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger! February 21, 1918
V. I. Lenin and others, From Resolution on War and Peace, March 8, 1918
From Letter to the Workers and Peasants apropos of the Victory over Kolchak, August 24, 1919
From Letter to American Workers, August 20, 1918
From Speech at the Opening Session of the Congress, March 2, 1919
From "Left-Wing" Communism-an Infantile Disorder, April-May 1920
From Report on the International Situation and the Fundamental Tasks of the Communist International to the Second Congress of Comintern, July 19, 1920
From Political Report to the Ninth All-Russian Conference of the RCP(B), September 20, 1920
War Communism and the Invention of a Command Economy
From The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government, March-April 1918 (published in Pravda on April 28, 1918)
From Organization of Food Detachments, June 27, 1918
From Speech to the First All-Russian Congress of Land Departments, Poor Peasants' Committees, and Communes, December 11, 1918
From Political Report of the Central Committee to the Eighth All-Russian Conference of the RCP(B), December 2, 1919
Threats to the Revolution: The Development of the New Economic Policy
Disputes and Opposition in the Party, 1920-1921
From The Party Crisis, January 21 (February 3), 1921
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
From Preliminary Draft Resolution of the Tenth Congress of the RCP on Party Unity, March 1921
Anti-Bolshevik Popular Uprisings and the Shift in Policy
From Report on the Political Work of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) on Tenth Congress of the RCP(B), March 8, 1921
Rough Draft of Theses Concerning the Peasants, February 8, 1921
Lenin's Objective in the New Economic Policy
From Report on the Substitution of a Tax in Kind for the Surplus Grain Appropriation System, March 15, 1921
Draft Resolution on the Question of the New Economic Policy for the Tenth Conference of the RCP(B), May 1921
V. I. Lenin and V. M. Molotov, Telegram to All Provincial and Regional Party Committees of the RCP(B), July 30, 1921
From The Political Report of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) to the Eleventh Congress of the RCP(B), March 27, 1922
Economic Policy under the NEP
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
Letter to Maxim Gorky, December 6, 1921
The Institutionalization of a One-Party System
From We Have Paid Too Much, April 9, 1922
Letter to I. V. Stalin, July 17, 1922
Toward a Single Spiritual and Cultural System
Letter to A. V. Lunacharsky, May 6, 1921
Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Politburo of the CC of RCP(B), January 12, 1922
From The Tasks of the Youth Leagues, October 2, 1920
From Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Members of the CC of RCP(B), March 19, 1922
The Sick Leader: De Facto Removal from Power
Letter to Stalin for Politburo of RCP(B) CC, June 15, 1922
From Letter to the Congress: Continuation of the Notes, December 24, 1922
Letter to I. V. Stalin, March 5, 1923
Lenin's Last Thoughts
From On Co-operation, January 4 and 6, 1923
From The Question of Nationalities or "Autonomization," December 30, 1922
Appendixes
A Chronology of V. I. Lenin's Life (1870-1924)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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