Reexamining: Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin. Prepared by: Rimsha Ather
Vladimir I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a Popular Outline, (Petrograd, Russia: Zhizn’ I znanie, 1917), Volume 22, 148. ***************** Vladimir llyich Ulyanov (1870-1924) was a Russian communist revolutionary, brilliant politician and political theorist, an ardent disciple of Karl Marx, leader of the Bolshevik Party and the mastermind of the 1917 October Revolution. Born in a politically informed and liberal-minded family with empathy towards Russia’s peasant and working classes, a phenomenon which is observed in many of his pro-revolutionist writings, he often employed various pseudonyms of which “Lenin” was a concoction, during the period of his exile, when he fled to Germany, England and Switzerland and remained undercover. The goals he set out after his father’s death, which was a major set-back for young Lenin, began to resurface from the infinities of theory with the abolishment of Tsar monarchy in Russia accompanying the power transfer to Provincial governments and in the course of time, yet another revolution was marked on the gilded pages of history including the subversion of Provincial government with the ascension of Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, the world’s first constitutionally “socialist state” of which he became a leader. Lenin’s most important contribution is that he applied communist ideas to real life and his “experiment” forever changed the face of the world. He was a champion of the working class. Famous among his collected works are: The Development of Capitalism in Russia-The Process of the Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry (1896-99), What is to be Done?-Burning Questions of our Movement (1901-02), One Step Forward, Two Steps Back-The Crisis in our party (1904), Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic...
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