A critical introduction to Leninism as an ideology. The first part presents an account of its emergence, arguing that it was frozen in the time-frame of the war years 1914-1917. The second part explores the inter-weaving of economics, history and philosophy that took place in Lenin's world view.
This major new text provides a comprehensive, critical introduction to Leninism as an ideology. Part One presents a new and challenging account of its emergence arguing that it was frozen in the time-frame of the extraordinary war years 1914-1917. Part Two explores the inter-weaving of economics, history and philosophy in Lenin's world view concluding that, along with Marxism, it combines powerful internal coherence with fateful ambiguity towards democracy and the autonomy of politics. A detailed Guide to Lenin's Collected Works features among extensive Appendices.
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PART ONE: HISTORICAL - Lenin Before Leninism - The Disintegration of Social Democracy and the Genesis of Leninism - Revolution in Russia - PART TWO: THEORETICAL - Imperialism and the Death Throes of Capitalism - Politics and the State - Party, Class and Consciousness - Nationalism and Internationalism A Philosophy of Certainty - Dialectical Materialism - Leninism and Stalinism - Conclusion - PART THREE: APPENDICES - Notes and References - Bibliography of Works Cited - Further Reading - Chronology of Events and Lenin's Writings - Guide to Lenin's Collected Works - Lenin's Principal Works by Topic - Index
Leninism by Neil Harding
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