Leninism Under Lenin has 47 ratings and 8 reviews. Paul said: Narrates the terrain of Leninist politics in a refreshingly undogmatic fashion. Liebman is. Marcel Liebman was a historian of socialism and of communism. Reviews “ From Leninism Under Lenin there emerges a living and eminently. Leninism Under Lenin [1] is a serious and useful work. By dismantling these myths Liebman renders a service to the cause of historical truth, and, Marcel Liebman, Leninisme sous Lenine, 2 vols., Paris, Seuil,

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Paperbackpages. Nic rated it it was amazing Jul 29, As soon as analysis has modified these two intermediate links, the conclusion follows easily. But, in that case, we ask ourselves how it was that the Spanish proletariat, ablaze with spontaneity, failed to take power in July-Augustat a time when both the real Leninists and those who disguised themselves as such the Communists possessed quite negligible influence among them.

It is impossible for an advanced, liberal, democratic capitalism to develop in Russia. In the absence of a revolutionary prospect, and without the implication of tenacious and constant work to prepare the vanguard and the masses for such an eventuality, the creation of Communist Parties and a Communist International would have been an unjustifiable adventure.

In these conditions, the consciousness of the masses, nourished by this experience of stormy collective action, can quickly become classconsciousness on a very high level. Lenim, Liebman seems to have a rather simplified conception of dialectics, which he reduces, essentially, to the unity and conflict of opposites, and the transcending of them.

The chronological filiation of currents of thought including a large element of negation and transcendence in no way justifies such unwarranted formulations.

They have their ups leninisn downs at least, where struggles of a certain scale are concernedthe cyclical nature of these being verifiable empirically, though it has not yet been adequately studied by Marxists.

The bulk of them can then join the vanguard party. Secondly, that the agrarian revolution would lead to the rise of modern capitalism in country and town alike: Two fundamentally different answers to this question have been offered. What, at bottom, was the mistake made by the Bolshevik leaders in ? At most one can liebmam that this situation was pregnant with danger — as Lenin perceived almost at once. Further, this means forgetting the essentially politicaland not organisational, character of the centralisation advocated by Lenin, and misunderstanding its deep theoretical significance.


All that happened leinism not the inevitable consequence of the weakness of the Soviet proletariat on the morrow of the civil war.

Indeed, Lenin refers explicitly to this historical precedent. Andrew rated it it was amazing Jan 18, The solving of the bourgeois-democratic tasks and of the socialist tasks of the Russiao revolution turn out to be indissolubly bound up together.

Joe rated it really liked it Feb 26, It must posses in equal measure both exceptional vigor and exceptional power of adaption. Open Preview See a Problem? Earlier expressions of the same idea are found, e.

Tom Marcep rated it it was amazing Jul 27, The state apparatus could certainly have been separated from that of the Party, and the latter subjected to the fresh breezes of the working class and student youth. John Mullen rated it really liked it Mar 17, He refers to the stubborn, almost desperate struggle that Lenin waged against it in the last years of unedr life.

Trivia About Leninism Under Lenin. Liebman’s thesis is rather underwhelming and is not quite as organically connected to his presentation of Leninism’s developments, reducing L A strong analysis of the Bolshevik party through, over, and under Lenin from the initial pre days until Lenin’s death. Was Lenin right, then, against the Mensheviks and against Rosa Luxemburg in the debate of ? A truly wonderful work which presents one of the most detailed analyses of Leninism under Vladimir Ilych himself that I’ve read to date.

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There’s even some passages for Stalinists to find that warm fuzzy feeling of relevance as the author links aspects of Leninism to the regime post-Vladimir although these are quite rightly enforced with numerous criticisms of Stalin’s nonsensical logic. If the third possibility has not yet been realised, this is for subjective reasons.


Bundy rated it really liked it Sep 03, It was thanks to these successes that the Bolshevik workers were able to play a decisive part in the factories so early as the revolution of February Nov 09, Jubran khazaal rated it it was amazing. Books by Marcel Liebman.

Leninism Under Lenin

To leninisj other readers questions about Leninism Under Leninplease sign up. I am firmly convinced that Lenin had already modified his views by the end ofand certainly saw things differently in Yes, proletarian class-consciousness at its highest level, that is, Marxist theory which has integrated all the experiences of two centuries of class struggle, cannot, in normal times, find embodiment outside a vanguard minority. His theory of organisation was proved correct once again, though now in a negative way: Reads like an unintentional marfel in favor of Bonnano’s opposition to formal organization.

It would have been more consistent with the Marxist method to begin with society, thereby putting at liebnan centre of the explanation that social phenomenon which is the determining factor in all the processes analysed by Liebman, namely, the rise of the Soviet bureaucracy.

What we have here are events that changed the destiny of entire classes and of entire peoples. It resulted from the interaction between these conditions and the role played by the lenib factorthat is, by the Bolshevik leadership and the Party. Such an economic policy could quite well have been combined with concrete political measures tending to revive the self-activity of the proletariat and impart a real content to Soviet democracy.