Lenin: A Revolutionary Life

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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.

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I started to like this more toward the end. I think I'll have to read more about the formation of the USSR to really appreciate this book, though. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick.  He is author of From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21 (1996), Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia (1990) and The Making and Breaking of the Soviet System (2001).

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