Lenin: A Political Life, The Strengths of Contradiction, by Robert Service

By Robert Service

.."". we're indebted to the writer for a stimulating and balanced learn of Lenin -- a learn that provides many worthy insights and a great deal of new fabric in accordance with his archive study, and that sharpens our photo and figuring out of 'the dreamer within the Kremlin.'"" -- The Russian Review

Lenin: A Political existence is a massive three-volume paintings on Vladimir Ilich Lenin, his principles, job, and atmosphere. the 1st quantity, protecting the years from 1870 to 1910, strains his upward thrust to authority and his political issues after 1903. provider ably demonstrates the complicated interaction of rules, task, and setting that triggered the alternative of identify for the 1st quantity: The Strengths of Contradiction.

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The heights of the industrial economy should be nationalised; capitalists should be expropriated. Peasant communes should be invited to tender for contracts from the state and to found their own small-scale industrial associations. Economic policy should be geared to the consumer demands of the mass of the population. 51 The attempt was made to consolidate this position through an all-out assault upon Marxism. Mikhailovski denounced what he regarded as the absence of any ethical concern in Marx's writings.

22 The police broke up Chetvergova's group mere months later; had it not been for his mother's action, Vladimir would probably have joined the others in prison. Ulyanov brought his legal textbooks and his political reading material to Alakaevka. In the winter of 1888-89 he reportedly began to study Karl Marx's Das Kapital. 23 The effect upon him was enormous. Marx was shortly to emerge as the focus of his political world; there would be no other writer, not even Chernyshevski, who would be so revered by Ulyanov.

He did not support calls for the lowering of agricultural prices; he did not, at least in the 1890s and indeed until 1905, favour the proposal to transfer all agricultural land to the peasantry. Nor did he approve of the use of assassinations as a primary revolutionary tactic. Populistic though he was in certain leanings, he was unpopulistic and antipopulistic in others. GEORGI PLEKHANOV'S MARXISM He was not without assistance from other Marxists in elaborating his Marxism; and the Russian who most influenced him was Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov.

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