How a Founding Document Was Found, or One Hundred Years of Lenin's What is to Be Done?

  title={How a Founding Document Was Found, or One Hundred Years of Lenin's What is to Be Done?},
  author={Lars T. Lih},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  pages={49 - 5}
  • Lars T. Lih
  • Published 14 March 2003
  • Education
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
Once upon a time I taught in the political science department of a small liberal arts college. As one of the teachers of the introductory course for first-year students, I proposed that the reading for the session we spent on Lenin be switched from selections from What Is to Be Done? to Lenin’s final articles of 1923 (this was during the perestroika period when these late articles were by far the most prominent Lenin texts). A colleague – a specialist in Chinese politics – quashed my proposal… 
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