Lenin: A Political Life, The Strengths of Contradiction, by Robert Service

By Robert Service

.."". we're indebted to the writer for a stimulating and balanced examine of Lenin -- a research that provides many priceless insights and a great deal of new fabric in accordance with his archive study, and that sharpens our photograph and figuring out of 'the dreamer within the Kremlin.'"" -- The Russian Review

Lenin: A Political lifestyles is a tremendous three-volume paintings on Vladimir Ilich Lenin, his rules, task, and atmosphere. the 1st quantity, overlaying the years from 1870 to 1910, lines his upward thrust to authority and his political issues after 1903. provider ably demonstrates the advanced interaction of principles, job, and setting that brought on the alternative of identify for the 1st quantity: The Strengths of Contradiction.

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There were many Marxists who objected to his interpretations. This was understandable. Marx was an exceptionally broad-ranging thinker; he never formulated his exuberant analysis into a single, final, uncontradictory synthesis. Engels's Anti-Duhring was an attempt at such a formulation. 46 It has been pointed out that Marx allowed for a variety of routes of social development in the epochs prior to socialism; and that he used the concept of 'Asiatic despotism' rather than 'feudalism' to designate a number of societies in the East.

46 They did not receive the European influences uncritically. They adapted them to their own perceptions of Russian conditions and also to their own psychological inclinations. Russian and Western revolutionaries, indeed, exchanged ideas. M. A. Bakunin, in the middle years of the century, emerged as a political theorist and leader of continental distinction. 47 The European contacts of the narodniki did not blind them to the contrasts of Russian society with the societies of Britain, Germany and France.

For capitalism was not to be regarded as a cul-de-sac. It was the penultimate rather than final epoch in global social change. Das. Kapital exposed capitalism's internal contradictions. Capitalism operated upon principles of competition: the capitalist maintained his business by hiring labourers to work in his factory, to maximise his competitiveness he was obliged not only to extract as much labour power as possible from his work-force but also to invest an increasing proportion of his revenue in the acquisition of the latest types of equipment.

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