Lenin And The Making Of The Soviet State: A Brief History With Documents

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byJeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy

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Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924) led the first successful revolt against market-based liberal democracy and founded the Soviet state in 1917, serving as the new nation's chief architect and sole ruler for the next five years. He created an innovative political, economic, social, and cultural system that in its heyday would challenge the military, technological, and cultural might of the United States. This collection of primary sources allows readers to learn about Lenin through his own words and explores the complicated relationship between Lenin's actions and his ideology. Jeffrey Brooks and Georgiy Chernyavskiy have translated newly available documents that make it possible to provide a more accurate portrait of this ruthless strategist. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support and encourage students to analyze the actions and beliefs of a man who transformed world history and whose legacy continues to affect social and political movements throughout the world.

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Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924) led the first successful revolt against market-based liberal democracy and founded the Soviet state in 1917, serving as the new nation's chief architect and sole ruler for the next five years. He created an innovative political, economic, social, and cultural system that in its heyday would challenge th...

JEFFREY BROOKS is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Thank You Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War (2000) and When Russia Learned to Read: Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917 (1985; reprinted 2003), which won the Vucinich Prize of the American Association for th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.18 × 5.52 × 0.42 inPublished:October 25, 2006Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin'sLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

 Foreword
  
  Preface
    
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION:
    V. I. LENIN'S LIFE AND LEGACY

    V. I. Lenin and the Founding of the Soviet State
    The Russia of Lenin's Youth
    Lenin as Revolutionary
    World War I and the Russian Revolution
    Bolshevik Rule and the New Soviet State
    War Communism: Ideology or Pragmatism?
    Lenin's Last Active Years: The New Economic Policy and Other Innovations
    Lenin's Decline
    Lenin's Legacy
    
PART TWO. THE DOCUMENTS
    
  1. Lenin and the Bolshevik Seizure of Power, 1900–1917
    Lenin as a Theorist of Revolution
       1. From The Urgent Tasks of Our Movement, December 1900
       2. From What Is to Be Done? 1902
       3. From The Party Organization and Party Literature, November 1905
       4. From Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916
       5. From The State and Revolution, 1917
    

The Path to the Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power
       6. From The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution (April Theses), April 1917
       7. From Speech in Favor of the Resolution on the War, April 27 (May 10), 1917
       8. From Resolution on the National Question, May 1917
       9. From An Open Letter to the Delegates of the All-Russian Congress of Peasants' Deputies, May 7 (29), 1917
       10. From The Political Situation, July 10 (July 23), 1917
       11. From The Impending Catastrophe and How to Combat It, September 27 (October 10), 1917
       12. From One of the Fundamental Questions of the Revolution, October 10 (September 27), 1917
    
  2. The Monopolization of Power during the Civil War: 1917–1920
    Toward One-Party Power
       13. From To Workers, Soldiers, and Peasants! October 25 (November 7), 1917
       14. From Resolution of the Central Committee of the RSDLP(B)on the Opposition within the Central Committee, November 2 (15), 1917
       15. Decree on the Arrest of the Leaders of the Civil War against the Revolution, November 28 (December 11), 1917
       16. From Draft Decree on the Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, January 6 (19), 1918
       17. From Speech to Propagandists on Their Way to the Provinces, February 5, 1918
       18. Interview Granted to an Izvestia Correspondent in Connection with the Left Socialist-Revolutionary Revolt, July 8, 1918
    

The Bolshevik Terror and the Stigmatization of Public Enemies
       19. Draft Resolution on Freedom of the Press, November 4 (17), 1917
       20. Letter to G. I. Blagonravov and V. D. Bonch-Bruevich, December 8 (21), 1917
       21. Telegram to V. L. Paniushkin, June 15, 1918
       22. From Letter to G. E. Zinoviev, June 26, 1918
       23. From Report of the Council of People's Commissars on the Fifth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, July 5, 1918
       24. Telegram to the Penza Gubernia Executive Committee of the Soviets, August 19, 1918
       25. From Letter to Maxim Gorky, September 15, 1919
    

Problems of War and World Revolution
       26. The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger! February 21, 1918
       27. V. I. Lenin and others, From Resolution on War and Peace, March 8, 1918
       28. From Letter to the Workers and Peasants apropos of the Victory over Kolchak, August 24, 1919
       29. From Letter to American Workers, August 20, 1918
       30. From Speech at the Opening Session of the Congress, March 2, 1919
       31. From ‘Left-Wing' Communism -- an Infantile Disorder, April–May 1920
       32. From Report on the International Situation and the Fundamental Tasks of the Communist International to the Second Congress of Comintern, July 19, 1920
       33. From Political Report to the Ninth All-Russia Conference of the RCP(B), September 20, 1920
    War Communism and the Invention of a Command Economy
       34. From The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government, March-April 1918 (published in Pravda on April 28, 1918)
       35. From Organization of Food Detachments, June 27, 1918
       36. From Speech to the First All-Russian Congress of Land Departments, Poor Peasants' Committees, and Communes, December 11, 1918
       37. From Political Report of the Central Committee to the Eighth All-Russian Conference of the RCP(B), December 2, 1919
    
  3. Threats to the Revolution: The Development of the New Economic Policy
    Disputes and Opposition in the Party, 1920–1921
       38. From The Party Crisis, January 21 (February 3), 1921
       39. Summary of Lenin's Remarks at the Conference of the Delegates to the Tenth Congress of the RCP(B)--Supporters of the Platform of Ten, March 13, 1921
       40. From Preliminary Draft Resolution of the Tenth Congress of the RCP on Party Unity, March 1921
    Anti-Bolshevik Popular Uprisings and the Shift in Policy
       41. From Report on the Political Work of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) on the Tenth Congress of the RCP(B), March 8, 1921
       42. Rough Draft of Theses Concerning the Peasants, February 8, 1921
    

Lenin's Objective in the New Economic Policy
       43. From Report on the Substitution of a Tax in Kind for the Surplus Grain Appropriation System, March 15, 1921
       44. Draft Resolution on the Question of the New Economic Policy for the Tenth Conference of the RCP(B), May 1921
       45. V. I. Lenin and V. M. Molotov, Telegram to All Provincial and Regional Party Committees of the RCP(B), July 30, 1921
       46. From The Political Report of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) to the Eleventh Congress of the RCP(B), March 27, 1922
    

Economic Policy under the NEP
       47. From Five Years of the Russian Revolution and the Prospects of the World Revolution: Report to the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, November 13, 1922
       48. Letter to Maxim Gorky, December 6, 1921
    

The Institutionalization of a One-Party System
       49. From We Have Paid Too Much, April 9, 1922
       50. Letter to I. V. Stalin, July 17, 1922
    

Toward a Single Spiritual and Cultural System
       51. Letter to A. V. Lunacharsky, May 6, 1921
       52. Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Politburo of the CC of RCP(B), January 12, 1922
       53. From The Tasks of the Youth Leagues, October 2, 1920
       54. From Letter to V. M. Molotov for the Members of the CC of RCP(B), March 19, 1922
    
  4. The Sick Leader: De Facto Removal from Power
       55. The Letter to Stalin for Politburo of RCP(B) CC, June 15, 1922
       56. From Letter to the Congress: Continuation of the Notes, December 24, 1922
       57. Letter to I. V. Stalin, March 5, 1923
    

Lenin's Last Thoughts
       58. From On Co-operation, January 4 and 6, 1923
       59. From The Question of Nationalities or "Autonomization," December 30, 1922
    
  Appendixes
       Chronology of V. I. Lenin's Life (1870–1924)
       Questions for Consideration
       Selected Bibliography
  Index