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How To Write About Lenin – And How Not To

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For those who intend to write about Lenin there are at least two prerequisites. The first is a sense of scale. One dare not approach greatness of a certain dimension without a sense of one's own limitations. The second prerequisite is a sense of tragedy which will enable the historian to feel both the greatness and the failure of the October Revolution. Lenin's was a heroic attempt to force a social situation unforeseen by Marx into the categories of Marxist theory, and to do this not merely, in theory but in deed. The future as Lenin envisaged it was the same future which Marx had envisaged. The past which Lenin viewed was the past which Marx had depicted. Lenin's task was to remake the present so that it might be a bridge between that past and that future.

Keywords:Lenin; Marxist theory; October Revolution; sense of scale; sense of tragedy



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