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Marx, Engels, and Marxisms

Rediscovering Lenin

Dialectics of Revolution and Metaphysics of Domination

Authors: Brie, Michael

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  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the works of Lenin from the point of strategic intervention, its intended and unintended consequences
  • Analyzes the action of Lenin as an outstanding reflexive process of learning and action
  • Highlights the importance of the understanding of socialism and state in classical Marxism for the watershed in the revolutionary crises after WWI and draws lessons for the current situation
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Translated from the original German Lenin Neuentdecken and available in English for the first time, this volume rediscovers Lenin as a strategic socialist thinker through close examination of his collected works and correspondence. Brie opens with an analysis of Lenin's theoretical development between 1914 and 1917, in preparation for his critical decision to dissolve the Constituent Assembly in January 1918 in a struggle for power. This led from the dialectics of revolutionary practice and social analysis to a new understanding of socialism, which is compared and contrasted to the alternative Marxist ideas and conceptions of the state posited by Karl Kautsky and Rosa Luxemburg. Rediscovering Lenin then moves to 1921, when Lenin begins a new stage of his theoretical development concerned with resolving the reversal of the revolution’s aims and its results. This process remains unfinished, and the questions raised a hundred years ago remain: How can one intervene successfully and responsibly in social and political crises? What role do social science theories, ideological frameworks, and other practices play in transforming the economic, political and cultural power structures of a society? Brie concludes with a retrospective on the ideas developed by Marx and in the Second International, and their impact on Lenin’s strategic thinking. Placing Lenin's writing itself in the foreground and arguing from inside his own self-learning, Rediscovering Lenin focuses on the reflective relationship between ideology, theory, and practice.

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Michael Brie is a philosopher, political scientist, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Critical Social Analysis of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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Hardcover $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23326-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rediscovering Lenin
Book Subtitle
Dialectics of Revolution and Metaphysics of Domination
Authors
Translated by
Herrmann, J.-P., Balhorn, L.
Series Title
Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23327-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23327-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23326-6
Series ISSN
2524-7123
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 197
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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