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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Andrew rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Was victory for the proletarian revolution — in Germany, say — objectively possible? Anyone who thinks of a middle way is an empty dreamer.

Does his refusal to choose the fourth serve as justification for a refusal to commit himself? Could the Russian proletariat have kept hold of the direct exercise of power even if the revolution did not quickly prove victorious in the West? Nevertheless, by bringing in this social factor only half-way through his second volume [13]Liebman sets it, so to speak, in the margin of his analysis, instead of setting it squarely in the centre thereof.

See, especially, Liebman, op.

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The bulk of them can then join the vanguard party. Sometimes they become politically narrow, at other times they show themselves politically clear-sighted. Joe rated it really liked it Feb 26, Either there will be a revolutionary victory of the proletariat leading to a development in the direction of liebbman, with the help of the international revolution, or there will be a victory of the counter-revolution, resulting in continued under-development and backwardness, with denial of agrarian revolution, and an industrial veneer the thickness of which will depend on the correlation of national and international forces.

They have had to follow the leadership either of the proletariat, or the capitalists — there is no middle way open leninidm them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


He tries to explainas well, and in so doing he comes up against the entanglement of history with theory, as is inevitable for anyone who aims to deal with Lenin and Leninism from the Marxist standpoint. Clearly, only the second line marcle development would ensure an internal market large enough for capitalist industry to expand organically.

Liebman and Leninism

Elliott rated it it was amazing Jun 16, The majority of the Bolshevik apparatus either lagged behind or actively opposed every revolutionary offensive, in even the emergence of the Soviets was too much for them! Dialectics here as employed by Liebman is simplified into something akin to a political ethic or rationality. Generally speaking, this task is carried out with success.

He refers to the stubborn, almost desperate struggle that Lenin waged against it in the last years of his life. By dismantling these myths Liebman renders a service to the cause of historical truth, and, consequently, to the cause of the emancipation of the working people. I particularly enjoyed the recording of the developments in Lenin’s outlook both before and after the revolution; the author goes to great lengths to determine exactly WHY Lenin changed so drastically in his approach to revolutionary strategy as ‘s events became forever etched into the pages of history.

Leninism Under Lenin by Marcel Liebman.

Conquest of power lrnin the proletariat means dictatorship of the proletariat, Soviet proletarian democracy, and no longer bourgeois democracy. But class-consciousness results, precisely, from the transcending of everything that is corporatist, narrow, partial and fragmentary in the consciousness of the working people.

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Bogdan rated it it was amazing Aug 25, Before Lenin often stood out as a “radical” within the conservative complacency of the centralized party structure he had contributed so much to creating. It was not inevitable that it should fail to lead to a resumption of political activity. The number of wage-earners actually increased by 50 per cent between andand could have been made to increase even more rapidly. Liebman does mention this in passing.


A strong analysis of the Bolshevik party through, over, and under Lenin from the initial pre days until Lenin’s death. It would have been more consistent with the Marxist method to begin with society, thereby putting at the 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.

I doubt whether he would choose any of the first three. Does not historical experience confirm this apparently unexpected conclusion?

Leninism Under Lenin

Narrates the terrain of Leninist politics in a refreshingly undogmatic fashion. Nov 09, Jubran khazaal rated it it was amazing. There is no room to list all the points on which Liebman endeavours to establish the truth, by scrupulously examining the sources, applying in his study of them a definite sense of history, of the social and economic context, and of the political and ideological traditions of the persons involved — in other words, using as it deserves to be used that fine tool of historical explanation, the theory of the class struggle.

But this does not happen automatically or under any old conditions. Either 1 capitalism cannot be or does not deserve to be overthrown in the West, it is still too strong, etc.

The chronological filiation leninim currents of thought including a large element of negation and transcendence in no way justifies such unwarranted formulations. Open Preview See a Problem? The building of a vanguard party of the working class means, essentially, the fusion of the programme, and the cadres who embody the programme, with this stratum of the workers. John rated it really liked it Mar 14, To view it, click here. Both Deutscher and Liebman are excellent historians.