Lenin: A Revolutionary Life

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
4 Reviews

From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance.

Focal points of this study are:

  • Lenin's revolutionary ascetic personality
  • how he exploited culture, education and propaganda
  • his relationship to Marxism
  • his changing class analysis of Russia
  • his 'populist' instincts.

A prominent figure at the forefront of debates on the Russina revolution, Read makes sure that Lenin remains in his place as a highly influential and significant figure of the recent past.


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Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

User Review  - Radostinski - Goodreads

Honestly, that one was really good and informative. The author tried to be as impartial as possible and simply told the story of Lenin's life. Plain and simple. Read full review

Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

Not having read or learned much about Russian history, and hearing so much negativity bout Lenin and Stalin, I decided to start with this biography as my entry point. I am so glad I did. The author ... Read full review


1 Choosing revolution
2 Laying the foundations of Leninism 18961902
3 Constructing Leninism
4 Imperialism war and revolution
5 From the Finland station to the Winter Palace
6 From classroom to laboratory early experiments
7 Revolutionary war
8 Reevaluation succession and testament
Lenin lived Lenin lives Lenin will live forever
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About the author (2013)

Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick.  He is author of From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21 (1996), Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia (1990) and The Making and Breaking of the Soviet System (2001).

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