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State and Revolution
As both historical document and political statement, State and Revolution's importance can hardly be exaggerated.
It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged his opponents and set out his trenchant views on class conflict, the lessons of earlier revolutions, the dismantling of the bourgeois state and the replacement of capitalism by the, dictatorship of the proletariat.

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    In the first in a series of articles commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the New York Times tremulously wondered whether today’s economic anxieties might lead to a resurgence of interest in communism. We at Haymarket Books have often wondered this ourselves, but for altogether different reasons than the good folks at the Times.

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  • The Death Agony of the Monarchy: Russia on the Eve of Revolution

    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated a hundred years ago today, bringing to an end three centuries of Romanov rule. In this extract from his History of the Russian Revolution, Trotsky describes the final days of Imperial Russia. Incompetent, vain, and almost comically ignorant of the historic events unfolding around it, the Tsarist regime fell, in Trotsky's words, "like rotten fruit."

      
    Skobelev Square during the February Revolution, by A.M. Gerasimov. Open Source.

    The dynasty fell by shaking, like rotten fruit, before the revolution even had time to approach its first problems. Our portrayal of the old ruling class would remain incomplete if we did not try to show how the monarchy met the hour of its fall.

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Other books by Todd Chretien and V. I. Lenin

  • Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution

    Edited by Todd Chretien
    The Russian Revolution turned the world upside down. This reader tells the story of what happened with riveting eyewitness accounts.
  • Imperialism and War

    The two founding texts of the analysis of capitalism and imperialism in one volume, with annotation.