By Christopher Read
From a hugely distinct writer at the topic, this biography is a wonderful scholarly advent to 1 of the main figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. not just does it utilize archive fabric made newly to be had within the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines conventional resources in addition, offering an unique interpretation of Lenin's existence and old value.
Focal issues of this learn are:
• Lenin's progressive ascetic personality
• how he exploited tradition, schooling and propaganda
• his courting to Marxism
• his altering type research of Russia
• his 'populist' instincts.
A widespread determine on the vanguard of debates at the Russina revolution, learn makes definite that Lenin is still in his position as a hugely influential and important determine of the hot past.
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Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Christopher Read