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9780140184358

The State and Revolution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140184358

  • ISBN10:

    014018435X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-05-04
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, The October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned, never-completed master work on The State and Revolution ... This powerfully argued book offers both the rationale for the new regime and a wealth of insights into Leninist politics. It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged his opponents and set out his trenchant views on class conflict, the lessons of earlier revolutions, the dismantling of the bourgeois state and the replacement of capitalism by the, dictatorship of the proletariat. The result, as Robert Service suggests in his stimulating Introduction, is 'a choral ode to action, intolerance, combat and collectivism, the anthem of Bolshevism in its revolutionary era'. Immediately established as a standard text, it was selectively cited by leaders from Stalin to Gorbachev in support of programmes which differed in important ways. As both historical document and political statement, its importance can hardly be exaggerated.

Table of Contents

Preface to First Editionp. 5
Preface to Second Editionp. 6
Class Society and the Statep. 7
The State as the Product of the Irreconcilability of Class Antagonismsp. 7
Special Bodies of Armed Men, Prisons, etc.p. 10
The State as an Instrument for the Exploitation of the Oppressed Classp. 12
The "Withering Away" of the State and Violent Revolutionp. 15
The Experiences of 1848-1851p. 21
On the Eve of Revolutionp. 21
Results of the Revolutionp. 24
The Formulation of the Question by Marx in 1852p. 29
Experiences of the Paris Commune of 1871: Marx's Analysisp. 32
In What Does the Heroism of the Communards Consist?p. 32
What is to Replace the Shattered State Machinery?p. 35
The Destruction of Parliamentarismp. 39
The Organisation of National Unityp. 44
Destruction of the Parasite-Statep. 47
Supplementary Explanations by Engelsp. 49
The Housing Questionp. 49
Polemic Against the Anarchistsp. 51
Letter to Bebelp. 54
Criticism of the Draft of the Erfurt Programmep. 57
The 1891 Preface to Marx's Civil War in Francep. 62
Engels on the Overcoming of Democracyp. 66
The Economic Base of the Withering Away of the Statep. 69
Formulation of the Question by Marxp. 69
Transition from Capitalism to Communismp. 71
First Phase of Communist Societyp. 75
Higher Phase of Communist Societyp. 78
Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunistsp. 86
Plekhanov's Polemic Against the Anarchistsp. 86
Kautsky's Polemic Against the Opportunistsp. 87
Kautsky's Polemic Against Pannekoekp. 93
Postscript to First Editionp. 101
Explanatory Notesp. 102
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