Lenin: A Revolutionary Life

Taylor & Francis, 20 sep. 2004 - 316 páginas

From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance.

Focal points of this study are:

  • Lenin's revolutionary ascetic personality
  • how he exploited culture, education and propaganda
  • his relationship to Marxism
  • his changing class analysis of Russia
  • his 'populist' instincts.

A prominent figure at the forefront of debates on the Russina revolution, Read makes sure that Lenin remains in his place as a highly influential and significant figure of the recent past.

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Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

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I started to like this more toward the end. I think I'll have to read more about the formation of the USSR to really appreciate this book, though. Leer reseña completa

Sobre el autor (2004)

Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick. He is author of From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21 (1996), Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia (1990) and The Making and Breaking of the Soviet System (2001).

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