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State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin

State and Revolution (1917)

by V. I. Lenin

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This book may not be suitable for someone unfamiliar with either Karl Marx's or Friedrich Engels' writings and/or philosophy. Lenin dissects their individual as well as join written works. Lenin also compares the actual outcome of the Paris Commune to the projected vision.

Aside from the benefit of forehand knowledge, it was interesting to glean modern day slogans, ideas and accusations as mostly unchanged from the mid-1800s and Lenin's time in the early 20th century.
1 vote HistReader | Feb 9, 2012 |
Obviously The State and Revolution has had major historical impact. But it's the perverse product of an aggressive mind who is speaking without thinking clearly. Lenin misuses and abuses political terms--"dictatorship of the proletariat" comes to mind, since a dictatorship is leadership by one person, usually a military leader in times of crisis, and the proletariat is a class of people--and therefore his argument falls way short. ( )
  jrgoetziii | Jan 11, 2012 |
A must read for understanding the world. ( )
1 vote Hanuman2 | Dec 19, 2007 |
lenin hace una breve reseña de la economia de su `pais ( )
  micurso | Jun 7, 2007 |
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In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, The October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned, never-completed master work on The State and Revolution ... This powerfully argued book offers both the rationale for the new regime and a wealth of insights into Leninist politics. It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged his opponents and set out his trenchant views on class conflict, the lessons of earlier revolutions, the dismantling of the bourgeois state and the replacement of capitalism by the, dictatorship of the proletariat. The result, as Robert Service suggests in his stimulating Introduction, is 'a choral ode to action, intolerance, combat and collectivism, the anthem of Bolshevism in its revolutionary era'. Immediately established as a standard text, it was selectively cited by leaders from Stalin to Gorbachev in support of programmes which differed in important ways. As both historical document and political statement, its importance can hardly be exaggerated.

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