Skip to content

We’re doing an important upgrade to our website. It will not take long, but will be unavailable on Monday 21st October for 15 minutes only from 04.30 BST/11.30 EDT

Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside From Marx to Lenin

From Marx to Lenin
An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism

Out of Print

  • Date Published: August 1984
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1990
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521261883

Out of Print

Unavailable - out of print July 1990
Unavailable Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This study is a contribution to the debate, begun just after the October Revolution, concerning the relationship between Marx's project and Soviet society. It focuses, however, only on the political aspects of the matter: to what extent was early Soviet authoritarianism the necessary outcome of Marx's works? Since Lenin's practice and theory largely determined and justified the early political character of the Soviet state, we may ask whether Lenin was implementing Marx's project or a project of his own design. Lenin, influenced by debates within Social Democracy and by the experience of the Russian revolutionary tradition, used a one-sided interpretation of Marx's work to build and defend a 'transition' which was fundamentally authoritarian. Marx was not causally responsible for the theoretical foundation of Soviet authoritarianism.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1984
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521261883
    • length: 251 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 1990
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Marx and the transition to socialism
    3. Engels, democracy and revolution
    4. Marxism and Revisionism
    5. The Russian revolutionary tradition
    6. Lenin and the Party
    7. Lenin and the dictatorship
    8. Conclusion
    Select Bibliography

  • Author

    David W. Lovell, Australian National University, Canberra

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.