Lenin and the Russian Revolution Author:Christopher Hill THE KEY IDEA of this series, and what distinguishes it from any other that has appeared, is the intention by way of a biography of a great man or woman to top up a significant historical theme. — THE BOOK therefore, attempts an assessment of the place of Lenin, and of the revolution which was his life's work in history: an ambitious enough task i... more »n all conscience. The author has selected for more detailed treatment those aspects of Lenin's activity and thought, and those achievements of the revolution which seem to him to have more than local significance. The Bolshevik party itself, on account of the features which differentiate it from other socialist parties; the agrarian policy of this party in a country where peasants formed eighty percent of the population; the political philosophy which inspired the revolution and the Soviet state; Lenin's critique of imperialism and his definition of the national and international policy which are the rulers of the Soviet state should pursue - these are the subjects without some consideration of which it is impossible to come to any understanding of the Russian Revolution.
Mr. Christopher Hill is a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and has written on the English Revolution of the seventeenth century.« less