Lenin



LeninAfter Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin Is The Man Most Associated With Communism And Its Influence And Reach Around The World Lenin Was The Leader Of The Communist Bolshevik Party During The October Revolution In Russia, And He Subsequently Headed The Soviet State Until , Bringing Stability To The Region And Establishing A Socialist Economic And Political SystemIn Lenin, Lars T Lih Presents A Striking New Interpretation Of Lenin S Political Beliefs And Strategies Until Now, Lenin Has Been Portrayed As A Pessimist With A Dismissive View Of The Revolutionary Potential Of The Workers However, Lih Reveals That Underneath The Sharp Polemics, Lenin Was Actually A Romantic Enthusiast Rather Than A Sour Pragmatist, One Who Imposed Meaning On The Whirlwind Of Events Going On Around Him This Concise And Unique Biography Is Based On Wide Ranging New Research That Puts Lenin Into The Context Both Of Russian Society And Of The International Socialist Movement Of The Early Twentieth Century It Also Sets The Development Of Lenin S Political Outlook Firmly Within The Framework Of His Family Background And Private Life In Addition, The Book S Images, Which Are Taken From Contemporary Photographs, Posters, And Drawings, Illustrate The Features Of Lenin S World And TimeA Vivid, Non Ideological Portrait, Lenin Is An Essential Look At One Of The Key Figures Of Modern History

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  • Paperback
  • 235 pages
  • Lenin
  • Lars T. Lih
  • English
  • 03 April 2019
  • 1861897936

10 thoughts on “Lenin

  1. C says:

    To write an objective and neutral biography of Lenin is an impossible task, he was not a neutral figure Neither his thinking, nor his life, are objectively analyzable, as he was always seeking out one end the communist revolution in everything he said and did And to this degree, the idea that Lenin was an unprincipled pragmatist is demonstrable false, he had one principle to be sure.Lars Lih is no Leninist, nor probably a socialist As far as I know he comes from Duke University and used t To write an objective and neutral biography of Lenin is an impossible task, he was not a neutral figure Neither his thinking, nor his life, are objectively analyzable, as he was always seeking out one end the communist revolution in everything he said and did And to this degree, the idea that Lenin was an unprincipled pragmatist is demonstrable false, he had one principle to be sure.Lars Lih is no Leninist, nor probably a socialist As far as I know he comes from Duke University and used to work for a Democratic House Congressman in the US So this isn t a book written for Marxists by a Marxist, but unlike all the recent Lenin and Bolshevik works Ulam, Pipes, Service, etc , Lih does not paint Lenin as a rabid psychopath hellbent on death and destruction Instead Lih believes Lenin is an almost hopeless because he s so hopeful romantic, convinced that the claims of Historical Materialism must come true, and his job is to help the proletariat achieve their historical goal but it is not to force them to do so Throughout the book Lih demonstrates that Lenin never doubted the Proletariat, he never wanted to force them or coerce them into anything, and he always thought that the vanguard should walk alongside them, never over and above them.The only reason I can t give this book 5 stars is due to a few missing details I was looking forward too One wasdiscussion of Lenin s break with Plekhanov, which is barely discussed The other was Lenin s role and legitimacy in the October Revolution was it a coup wasn t it what support did he have, etc Alsodiscussion of, does Leninism lead to Stalinism Lih says it does not, and he offers a few bits of information as to why it doesn t, but the question doesn t feel consummated.Overall this is a good bio, and although it s not neutral because it can t be neutral it s at leastsympathetic and understanding than anything Service ever wrote

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  3. Maja Solar says:

    the biography seems somewhat abstract because it is based on what Lars T Lih calls Lenin s heroic scenario , so it s all somewhat subordinated to that scheme but still not a bad book

  4. Johan Persson says:

    Det finns m nga biografier ver Lenin, av varierande omfattning De tenderar att antingen vara hagiografier ver marxismens store utvecklare eller anklagelseakter mot en psykiskt st rd tyrann, allt efter f rfattarens inst llning till Lenin och st llning i klasskampen Lars T Lihs lilla bok om Lenin r ingen hyllningsskrift, men tillh r nd de som har en positiv grundinst llning till sitt mne Lih tar i boken p sig uppgiften att motbevisa en vanlig uppfattning om Lenin, att han var en person Det finns m nga biografier ver Lenin, av varierande omfattning De tenderar att antingen vara hagiografier ver marxismens store utvecklare eller anklagelseakter mot en psykiskt st rd tyrann, allt efter f rfattarens inst llning till Lenin och st llning i klasskampen Lars T Lihs lilla bok om Lenin r ingen hyllningsskrift, men tillh r nd de som har en positiv grundinst llning till sitt mne Lih tar i boken p sig uppgiften att motbevisa en vanlig uppfattning om Lenin, att han var en person som i grunden misstrodde arbetarklassen och i dess st lle s g ett parti av intellektuella yrkesrevolution rer som det revolution ra subjektet Lih f rs ker ist llet visa hur hela Lenins politiska g rning kretsade kring ett heroiskt scenario vilket kan sammanfattas s lunda The Russian proletariat carries out its world historical mission by becoming the vozhd of the narod, leading a revolution that overthrows the tsar and institutes political freedom, thus preparing the ground for an eventual proletarian vlast that will bring about socialism What propels this drama forward is inspired and inspiring class leadership The party activists inspire the proletariat who inspire the Russian narod who inspire the whole world with their revolutionary feats.I Lihs text f rekommer ofta ryska termer, h r vozhd som betyder ledare, narod som betyder folk och vlast som betyder makt Lihs tes r emellertid att dessa vers ttningar inte f ngar alla de kulturella och intellektuella konnotationer som de ryska termerna har Och det r just Lihs genuina filologiska kunskaper som r bokens styrka Stycket om varf r Lenins term revoliutsioner po professii inte ska vers ttas som yrkessrevolution r utan som professionell revolution r i betydelsen skicklig fann jag mycket givande Detta ger mersmak och jag ser fram mot att l sa Lenin Rediscovered What Is to Be Done In Context hans ny vers ttning och n rl sning av Vad b r g ras.Det enda jag saknar, vilket kan f rl tas en s kort skrift om ett s stort mne, r en verklig diskussion om Lenins partiuppfattning Det f rblir f r mig n got oklart hur det kommunistiska partiet egentligen passar in i Lenins heroiska scenario och varf r arbetarklassen verhuvudtaget beh ver revolution rer att inspireras av Kring detta mne har dock skrivits otaliga tjocka volymer

  5. John Moore says:

    Lenin by Lars T Lih is a modern classic on the politics of the communist leader and intellectual, Lenin Lih presents several new insights on Lenin s socialist vision Controversy, the author argues that Lenin stayed true to the traditions and principles of revolutionary social democracy, and remained a devotee of Marxism a la Karl Kautsky This was despite Lenin eventually viewing the pope of Marxism Kautsky as a renegade who betrayed his own principles Lenin has two main weaknesses Fi Lenin by Lars T Lih is a modern classic on the politics of the communist leader and intellectual, Lenin Lih presents several new insights on Lenin s socialist vision Controversy, the author argues that Lenin stayed true to the traditions and principles of revolutionary social democracy, and remained a devotee of Marxism a la Karl Kautsky This was despite Lenin eventually viewing the pope of Marxism Kautsky as a renegade who betrayed his own principles Lenin has two main weaknesses First, Lih shows a lack of understanding of Lenin s concept of the state, and how Lenin s conception of the class nature of a post Czarist state in Russia did undergo a transformation Second, Lih ignores Lenin s interest in Hegelian logic Lenin s study of Hegel s logic allowed him to traverse the collapse of the socialist Second International, to develop his position on the need for a workers government in post Czarist Russia, and to reflect upon the failings and contradictions of the Bolshevik led state of the USSR Lih, along with Slavoj Zizek, is the leading scholar in developing a contemporary 21st Century understanding of Lenin

  6. Cliff says:

    Entertaining page turner, breaks down modern misconceptions of Lenin and provides a well of historical context from which to draw understanding.

  7. C. Varn says:

    Lars Lih, Lenin Criticals Lives Reaktion Books 2011 Lih s Lenin Rediscovered What Is To Be Done in Context Haymarket Books 2008 is known for contextualizing and detailing the meaning of What Is To Be Done in long term context Lin is also contextualizing Lenin here, in terms of his relationship to Kautsky, his development of a heroic theory of revolution, and the exact nature of the party In such a brief book, this remains largely a intellectual biography that takes a thematic birds eye Lars Lih, Lenin Criticals Lives Reaktion Books 2011 Lih s Lenin Rediscovered What Is To Be Done in Context Haymarket Books 2008 is known for contextualizing and detailing the meaning of What Is To Be Done in long term context Lin is also contextualizing Lenin here, in terms of his relationship to Kautsky, his development of a heroic theory of revolution, and the exact nature of the party In such a brief book, this remains largely a intellectual biography that takes a thematic birds eye view into the meaning of Lenin s ideas and the origins of his motivations While this is a polemical text, Lih seems to want to critical but largely supportive view of Lenin, particularly his relationship to Karl Kautsky, particularly prior to 1914, and the effects of the fall out in the context of the Russian civil war could have led to some political mistakes, but Leninism as such was not created by Lenin explicitly Lih is aiming at a balance between a apologia and an contextualization, both cutting against right wing historiography on Lenin and left currents use of Lenin as a cipher for centralization and destructive revolutionary impulses Lih is critical of Lenin, particularly Lenin s inability to completely deal with actual development of peasants, particularly after the civil war Lih does a good job of pointing out that Lenin was not a simple dictator or professional conspirator Lih argues, convincingly, that Lenin actually formed the base of his ideology relatively early in his career, that the relationship of the proletariat to the narod the People was paramount in Lenin s various heroic class leadership scenarios He also points out that development for peasants and their relationship to the proletariat was key to him thought Lih argues somewhat convincing that Lenin believed in basic democratization and relative freedom, only suspending in the civil wars that occurred later and he was frustrated with the inability to continue democratization after the primary civil wars were over Much of the book is devoted to sketching out Lenin s relationship to the Kautsky, the revolution of 1905, and the first world war as crucial to the thoughts of Lenin s early life Lih also effectively demonstrates that most of Lenin s heroic narrative was based in Marx or Engels or Kautsky s expansion of the two This undoes a lot of the interpretations by from Adam Ulam to Robert Service that Lenin s vanguardism as totally a response to the failure of classical Marxism and was a totally cynical poly There are a few weaknesses in the book Lenin s break with Plekhanov is not covered in significant detail although it would be crucial to his development nor Lenin s use of conspiratorial means to sure up party finances in caucuses which helped propel Stalin to importance , and the exactly failure of Lenin to figure out how to predict the role of the peasants after the revolution going from phase to phase Further, there is the mild implication that Lenin not fully regained his bearings after the break with Kautsky and trying to forge head with a different set of principles This latter bit isn t so much a problem, but does seem to be a interpretative heuristic that one should be aware Overall, this is an excellent, if brief, corrective to a lot of the historiography and psychologization of Bolshevik development and of Lenin s ideological commitments Clearly organized, brief, and interesting, one interested in the Russian revolution or the history of Marxism should deal with this book

  8. Mark says:

    A lot of good information to dispel common myths and misconceptions about Lenin One of the largest of these notions is the idea that Lenin was plagued by a pessimistic concern about workers I ve frequently heard people make claims such as Lenin considered the workers too stupid as an explanation of why he cared about a revolutionary vanguard To his credit, Lih tears down this myth repeatedly, in lockstep with Lenin s actions year after year as they harshly contradict this simplistic asserti A lot of good information to dispel common myths and misconceptions about Lenin One of the largest of these notions is the idea that Lenin was plagued by a pessimistic concern about workers I ve frequently heard people make claims such as Lenin considered the workers too stupid as an explanation of why he cared about a revolutionary vanguard To his credit, Lih tears down this myth repeatedly, in lockstep with Lenin s actions year after year as they harshly contradict this simplistic assertion In contrast, Lih describes what he calls Lenin s heroic scenario of class leadership a scenario which is not too pessimistic, but too optimistic Lih tells us in the assumptions it makes about mobilizing the masses of humanity in struggle against capitalism Both strands of anti Leninism are wrong The biggest defect in this book is that Lenin is made into a religious like figure who essentially wills events to happen despite the fundamental incorrectness of his ideas Throughout the text, Lenin is compared to religious missionaries spreading the good news and near the end of the work, to Noah building his ark with some cracks in the foundation, of course Despite this weakness, the book is still absolutely worth reading, as this flaw is from Lih s personal interpretation and there remains a wealth of historical information that is easily separable and worth receiving

  9. Marc Livingstone says:

    I am enjoying this book, but within the space of two pages the author compares the Russian social democratic party to a character in buffy the vampire slayer and then talks about a knot of Damocles it s a Gordion knot or a sword of Damocles you could maybe use a sword of Damocles to cut a Gordion knot I suppose This throws the whole book into question.

  10. Andrew says:

    A brilliant revisionist take on the guiding passions and abiding goals of Lenin s intellectual and political career While its brevity precludes sustained engagement with other scholarship on Lenin, Lih gives enough of a sense of where he is making original or revisionist interventions that it provides an effective historiographical, as well as historical, argument.

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