Unfinished Leninism

The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

Paul Le Blanc

9789350024324

Aakar Books, Delhi, 2016

237 pages

Price INR 395.00
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"For more than a century Lenin has been a constant source of inspiration for workers and revolutionaries striving to shape democratic and equitable societies throughout the world. Unfinished Leninism is a powerful and stimulating guide to Lenin’s political thought and abiding legacy that is essential reading for students and activists who are striving to realize an ethical and revolutionary democratic society today."—Immanuel Ness, Ours to Master and To Own and Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest.

“Illuminating much misunderstood aspects of Lenin's legacy with flair and originality, Paul Le Blanc breathes new vigor into a century-old approach to social transformation. A major addition to our understanding of twenty-first century socialism.”—John Riddell, editor Toward the United Front

One doesn’t have to be a Leninist to read and appreciate Paul Le Blanc’s brilliant essays. This is indeed an outstanding study of Lenin’s ideas, his relation to Leon Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg, as well as his unfinished democratic revolutionary legacy."—Michael Löwy Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

"Paul Le Blanc.. finds eloquent comments from a century's worth of activists and historians, and engages with them passionately. He lets us have our own voice (I say "us" because I am honored to be among those quoted) and yet weaves all the quotations into a searchingly individual view of what it means to be a leftist and a self-proclaimed Leninist in the twenty-first century. And indeed, his conception of the way forward for the left centers on listening, and then on presenting one's own view forthrightly -- on conducting an adult conversation about life-and-death issues. To read his book is to join in his questing interrogation of past, present, and future."—Lars Lih, author Lenin Rediscovered.

Lenin was perhaps the greatest revolutionary of the twentieth century, leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the central founder of modern Communism. These clearly-written essays offer a succinct account of his life and times, a lively view of his personality, and a stimulating engagement with his ideas.

 

Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc is a professor of history at La Roche College. He has written on and participated in the US labour, radical, and civil rights movements, and is author of many books, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party.

Review

"For more than a century Lenin has been a constant source of inspiration for workers and revolutionaries striving to shape democratic and equitable societies throughout the world. Unfinished Leninism is a powerful and stimulating guide to Lenin's political thought and abiding legacy that is essential reading for students and activists who are striving to realize an ethical and revolutionary democratic society today." — Immanuel Ness, Ours to Master and To Own and Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest

“Illuminating much-misunderstood aspects of Lenin's legacy with flair and originality, Paul Le Blanc breathes new vigor into a century-old approach to social transformation. A major addition to our understanding of twenty-first-century socialism.” — John Riddell, editor Toward the United Front

"One doesn't have to be a Leninist to read and appreciate Paul Le Blanc's brilliant essays. This is indeed an outstanding study of Lenin's ideas, his relation to Leon Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg, as well as his unfinished democratic revolutionary legacy."—Michael Löwy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

"Paul Le Blanc.. finds eloquent comments from a century's worth of activists and historians, and engages with them passionately. He lets us have our own voice (I say "us" because I am honored to be among those quoted) and yet weaves all the quotations into a searchingly individual view of what it means to be a leftist and a self-proclaimed Leninist in the twenty-first century. And indeed, his conception of the way forward for the left centers on listening, and then on presenting one's own view forthrightly — on conducting an adult conversation about life-and-death issues. To read his book is to join in his questing interrogation of past, present, and future." — Lars Lih, author of Lenin Rediscovered

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