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Revolution, Democracy, Socialism Selected Writings

ISBN-10: 0745327605

ISBN-13: 9780745327600

Edition: 2008

Authors: Vladimir I. Lenin, Paul Le Blanc, Paul Le Blanc

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Lenin has been much maligned in the mainstream, accused of viewing 'man as modeling clay' and of 'social engineering of the most radical kind.' However, in contrast to today's world leaders, who happily turn to violence to achieve their objectives, Lenin believed it impossible to reach his goals 'by any other path than that of political democracy.' Paul Le Blanc brings together a selection of Lenin's writings, including crucial but often ignored shorter works, to show that he held a life-long commitment to freedom and democracy. Le Blanc has written a comprehensive introduction, which gives an accessible overview of Lenin's life and work, and explains his relevance to political thought today. This collection will be of immense value to students encountering Lenin for the first time, and those looking for a new interpretation of one of the twentieth century's most inspiring figures. Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. He is the author ofMarx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience;A Short History of the US Working Class; and eight other books.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 9/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Creator of the former Soviet Union, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (family name Ulianov) was born on April 10, 1870 in Simbirsk (later Ulianovsk), Russia, the son of a schools inspector. Lenin received upper class education and obtained a law degree in 1891, but he was moved to oppose the czarist Russian government, partly due to the execution of his brother, Alexander, who had participated in a plot to assassinate the Russian emperor. For taking part in revolutionary activities, Lenin was eventually imprisoned, publishing his work, The Development of Capitalism in Russia, from prison in 1899. Three years later, his pamphlet "What Is to Be Done" became the model for Communist philosophy. Lenin helped the Bolshevist movement that overthrew the czarist government and brought an end to Russia's war against Germany. As head of the new government, he put land in the hands of the peasants and brought industry under government control. An assassination attempt in 1918 wounded him, and two strokes in 1922 forced him to severely curtail government duty. He retreated to his country home in Gorki, where he died on January 21, 1924.

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