Lenin Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context (Historical Materialism Books (Haymarket Books))

Lenin Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context (Historical Materialism Books (Haymarket Books))

Lars T. Lih

What Is to Be Done? has lengthy been interpreted as facts of Lenin’s “elitist” angle towards staff. Lih makes use of a variety of formerly unavailable contextual assets to essentially overturn this interpreting of history’s so much misunderstood innovative textual content. He argues that Lenin’s polemic needs to be noticeable in the context of a emerging worker’s circulation in Russia, and indicates that Lenin’s standpoint healthy squarely in the mainstream of the socialist flow of his time.

Rather than the manifesto of an authoritarian chief, Lih unearths a advisor to motion to assist cohere and develop a promising flow, which nonetheless keeps outstanding relevance to today’s world.

“Clearly written, well-reasoned, and successfully documented, it's a paintings that no pupil heavily interpreting the lifestyles and regarded Lenin can be in a position to ignore.”
—Paul Le Blanc, writer of Marx, Lenin, and the innovative event: reports of Communism and Radicalism within the Age of Globalization

“If we're truthfully to evaluate the teachings of the Russian Revolution, then it's crucial that we unpick the genuine Lenin from this shared Stalinist and liberal fable of ‘Leninism’. it might be tough to compliment too hugely Lars Lih’s contribution to such a decent reassessment of Lenin’s idea. At its middle, Lih’s ebook goals to overthrow, and succeeds in overthrowing, what he calls the ‘textbook interpretation’ of Lenin’s what's to be performed? Lih therefore provides to and deepens the arguments of these who've sought to recuperate the true Lenin from the chilly battle mythology.”
—Paul Blackledge, writer, Historical Materialism and Social Evolution

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