Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: V. I. Lenin’s Life and Legacy

    1. Jeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy
      Pages 1-33 Open Access
  3. The Documents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Jeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy
      Pages 37-60 Open Access
    3. Jeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy
      Pages 61-102 Open Access
    4. Jeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy
      Pages 103-149 Open Access
    5. Jeffrey Brooks, Georgiy Chernyavskiy
      Pages 150-161 Open Access
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 162-176

About this book


Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870 - 1924) led the first successful revolt against market-based liberal democracy and founded the Soviet State in 1917, serving as the new nation s chief architect and sole ruler for the next five years. This collection of primary sources allows readers to learn about Lenin through his own words and emphasizes Lenin s actions rather than his ideology. Jeffrey Brooks and Georgiy Chernyavskiy have translated newly available documents that make it possible to provide a more accurate portrait of a ruthless political strategist whose actions created a new political, economic, social, and cultural system that in its heyday challenged the military, technological, and cultural might of the United States. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support and encourage students to analyze the actions and beliefs of a man who transformed world history and whose legacy continues to affect social and political movements throughout the world.

About the authors

Jeffrey Brooks is Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State
  • Book Subtitle A Brief History with Documents
  • Authors NA NA
  • Series Title The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-7158-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-73618-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-06161-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 176
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political History
    Political Leadership
    Political Science
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