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The author of the book: Vladimir Lenin
Edition: Dietz Verlag Berlin
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Date of issue: 1988
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It seemed natural to read this immediately after State and Revolution, as together they create a consistent analysis of the major trends of the early 20th Century.
Ultimately, I found this to be the more compelling of the two, probably due to my own preoccupations with imperialism and World War One.
It is famously heavy on statistics, particularly early on, but I didn't find it overwhelming. Lenin is an accomplished enough writer to deploy numbers and tables with skill, stitching them into the framework of his argument, and generally only lapses into somewhat gleefully listing figures at length to underline his conclusions.
It was obviously gratifying to see Kautsky crushed comprehensively once again but I found other elements of the text much more helpful, prescient and, as with State and Revolution, applicable - such as the chapter regarding the incestuous monopoly of banks, the discussion of the parasitical nature of capitalism and the idea of the rentier or creditor state, and the essential definition of imperialism itself.
This is a text firmly fixed in history but rather than rendering it irrelevant, I think that is precisely what makes it so compelling. It shows, irrefutably in my opinion, the absolute necessity of a Marxist analysis of history.
There are trends identified here, especially about the relationship between industry, finance and government, which are still extremely relevant today but in a country adopting an increasingly reactionary position on World War One, as we all drown in a continuous deluge of hogwash about brave heroes fighting Prussian militarism for freedom, Lenin's position is proved all the more vital.
I read most of this in one sitting and had a strange sense of displaced history, like I was reading the core text on WW1 from some other, better world, where an international revolution took hold.
This is a foundational analysis of the causes of WW1 beyond anything I've read in a vast array of stuffy military histories by old Majors and probably the most enlightening text I have read on the subject since The War The Infantry Knew.
The preface to the French and Russian Editions is probably the single greatest paragraph written about WW1, and a suitable way to conclude:
"... the war of 1914-1918 was imperialistic (that is an annexationist, predatory, plunderous war) on the part of both sides; it was a war for the division of the world, for the partition and repartition of colonies, 'spheres of influence' of finance capital."
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Read information about the authorLenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924) - one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903. Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917. Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.
Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age - his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar Alexander III. In 1891 Lenin passed his Law exam with high honors, whereupon he took to representing the poorest peasantry in Samara. After moving to St. Petersburg in 1893, Lenin's experience with the oppression of the peasantry in Russia, coupled with the revolutionary teachings of G V Plekhanov, guided Lenin to meet with revolutionary groups. In April 1895, his comrades helped send Lenin abroad to get up to speed with the revolutionary movement in Europe, and in particular, to meet the Emancipation of Labour Group, of which Plekhanov head. After five months abroad, traveling from Switzerland to France to Germany, working at libraries and newspapers to make his way, Lenin returned to Russia, carrying a brief case with a false bottom, full of Marxist literature.
On returning to Russia, Lenin and Martov created the League for the Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class, uniting the Marxist circles in Petrograd at the time. The group supported strikes and union activity, distributed Marxist literature, and taught in workers education groups. In St. Petersburg Lenin begins a relationship with Nadezhda Krupskaya. In the night of December 8, 1895, Lenin and the members of the party are arrested; Lenin sentenced to 15 months in prison. By 1897, when the prison sentence expired, the autocracy appended an additional three year sentence, due to Lenin's continual writing and organising while in prison. Lenin is exiled to the village of Shushenskoye, in Siberia, where he becomes a leading member of the peasant community. Krupskaya is soon also sent into exile for revolutionary activities, and together they work on party organising, the monumental work: The Development of Capitalism in Russia, and the translating of Sidney and Beatrice Webb's Industrial Democracy.
After his term of exile ends, Lenin emigrates to Münich, and is soon joined by Krupskaya. Lenin creates Iskra, in efforts to bring together the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, which had been scattered after the police persecution of the first congress of the party in 1898.
After leading the October Revolution, Lenin served as the first and only chairman of the R.S.F.S.R.. In 1919 Lenin founded the Communist International. In 1921 Lenin instituted the NEP. During 1922 Lenin suffered a series of strokes that prevented active work in government. While in his final year – late 1922 to 1923 – Lenin wrote his last articles where he outlined a programme to fight against the bureaucratization of the Commmunist Party and the Soviet state. Lenin died on January 21, 1924, as a result of multiple strokes.