This is a
narration of the third chapter of Lars Lih's excellent book Lenin
Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context. In this chapter, Lih
explores three crucial texts from the Iskra period of Lenin's
career, December 1900 to August 1903. The first, Russia and Its
Crisis, was written by liberal revolutionary Paul Miliukov and
explains the context of the revolutionary situation leading up to
1905 in which Iskra was published. The second, the Bolsheviks'
Amsterdam Report from 1904, looked back at the Iskra period and
gave the Bolshevik's side of the story. The third, which Lih calls
the Political Agitation series, is a number of Iskra articles
written by Lenin which further elucidate his Erfurtian outlook. The
three texts combine to present overwhelming evidence that the
textbook interpretation of Lenin is seriously flawed.
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