Lenin: A Revolutionary Life by Christopher ReadLenin: A Revolutionary Life by Christopher Read

Lenin: A Revolutionary Life

byChristopher ReadEditorChristopher Read

Paperback | June 13, 2005

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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.

Christopher Readis Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick.  He is author ofFrom Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21(1996),Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia(1990) andThe Making and Breaking of the Soviet System(2001).
Title:Lenin: A Revolutionary LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:June 13, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415206499

ISBN - 13:9780415206495


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dry but informative A rather interminable work that nonetheless provides a illuminating look at the man.
Date published: 2017-07-04

Table of Contents

Contents  Introduction  1. Choosing Revolution  2. Laying the Foundations of Leninism (1896-1902)  3. Constructing Leninism  4. Imperialism, War and Revolution  5. From the Finland Station to the Winter Palace  6. From Classroom to Laboratory - Early Experiments  7. Revolutionary War  8. Re-evaluation, Succession and Testament Conclusion.  Further Reading  Timeline

Editorial Reviews

'[Christpher Read has] produced a very readable, convincing portrait of a human, if not always humane Lenin...For suggestive answers to these and many more major issues of the Russian Revolution, Read's biography deserves a long shelf life.' - European Historical Quarterly