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Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

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This study of Lenin's conception of the revolutionary party, and its place in Marxist thought, gives a vibrant sense of the historical context—both Russian and international—in which Lenin's views were shaped and upon which they had such a profound impact.

This book will appeal to all readers interested in radical history and ideas: political activists of all varieties, as
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Humanity Books (first published January 1990)
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Mr.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Paul Le Blanc's fine study flies in the face of those who have continued to present Leninism as an 'elitist,' 'authoritarian' sect of revolutionary intellectuals who sought to gain control over a peasant population by any means avaiable. Le Blanc presents a highly detailed, nuanced account of the Bolshevik's rise to power in 1917- and a remarkably complex picture of Lenin and Trotsky emerges, namely as links in the chain of a truly democratic and organized revolution. Lenin's dialectic approach ...more
Joan Lesmeister
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, marxism, politics
Main takeaways from Paul LeBlanc's "Lenin and the Revolutionary Party":

-the first to thing to understand approaching Lenin is that both the ruling classes in the US /and/ the bureaucracy in the USSR had a shared interest in distorting his meaning, to present him as the author of a theory of a monolithic, rigidly centralized party and state structure. This is a drastic distortion of how the Party actually functioned from 1903 to 1921 (when factions were banned)
-the ‘vanguard party’ is not counter
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Brian Bean
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better the third time. There is no better work than this concise and illuminating book about Lenin's method of building a revolutionary party. Terrific.
Dan Sharber
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, marxism
a tour de force on the reclamation of leninism project! in my mind this is the most thorough and concise book for its size on laying out what lenin did and didn't mean i regards to political organization. it is well researched and easy to read and grounded in not only what lenin said but, just as importantly, the concrete conditions within which he was acting. this is a must read for socialists who believe in the need and possibility of revolutionary change but perhaps are not clear of what the ...more
Derek
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Paul Le Blanc's Lenin and the Revolutionary Party is an essential read for international socialists interested in creating a better world. Through exhaustive research and a close reading of Lenin and other leading Bolsheviks who helped create the world's first workers' state, Le Blanc presents a clearer picture of what Lenin's party and organizational thought actually looked like in contradistinction to the myths of anti-Leninists and Stalinists alike.
Eva Maria
I really didn't understand to what extent it was so crucial to have the revolutionary party during those years until I read this book. It really does debunk all the myths about Lenin's authoritarianism and provides an in-depth study of what building a party like the bolsheviks' was like.
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