This book surveys revolutionary socialist ideas and engages a gallery of contentious political thinkers, offering an indispensable assessment of the place of revolutionary collectives in this radical tradition.
Beginning with a broad and informative survey of scholarship on V.I. Lenin and "Leninism," Le Blanc goes on to explore the multifaceted "collective" qualities of the Russian Bolshevik organization. He then turns his attention to several of its central figures as well as a rich variety of activist-intellectuals who in one way or another continued to engage with Lenin's perspectives after his death, including Leon Trotsky, Alexander Bogdanov, Georg Luk cs, Antonio Gramsci, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Korsch, and Daniel Bensa d.
The volume concludes by considering related questions which have more recently posed problems within left-wing organizations, gesturing toward the dynamics and needs of future struggles.
About the Author
Paul Le Blanc, Professor of History at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, is an internationally renowned scholar with more than fifty years of experience in the labor and socialist movements, about which he has produced numerous works.