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Lenin: The Practice and Theory of Revolution (European History in Perspective)
This political and intellectual biographical study of Lenin focuses on 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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 11th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published March 13th 2001)
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A valuable contribution to the study of the Russian revolution, for a number of reasons. It seeks not just to present Lenin's actions and theorizing in equal balance, but to spell out the interactions between them. While not shying away from depicting Lenin as the petty, mean-spirited polemicist and ruthless practitioner of terror that he certainly was, it does not read like yet another of the innumerable hatchet jobs on Russian revolutionaries. On the contrary, an attempt is made to understand ...more