Stat’i: Stranichki iz dnevnika; Kak nam reorganizovat’ RABKRIN; Luchshe men’she, da luchshe; Doklad XI-mu s”ezdu R.K.P.
LENIN ULYANOV, Vladimir Ilyich (1923.)
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FOUR ARTICLES CONCERNING LENIN'S WIDELY-DISPUTED TESTAMENT, PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR OF HIS DEATH.
First edition thus. Small 8vo. 91,  pp. Later red cloth, spine lettered in gilt on a black morocco label, with the original printed wrappers bound-in (a few leaves neatly re-hinged). Moscow and St. Petersburg,
First edition to unite four articles by Lenin, published in the year of his death. The 'Pages from the Diary', 'How we must reorganise the Workers' and Peasants' Inspection (RABKRIN)', and 'Better fewer, but better' are often regarded as early expressions of Lenin's widely-disputed Testament. Central to this discussion is the article on RABKRIN, the Workers and Peasants Insepctorate, which Lenin and set up to battle corruption and bureaucracy in the Soviet System. With Stalin at held as spokesman, RABKRIN soon became a hotbed of the style of centralised bureaucracy that was later to define Stalinism. The other articles call for a 'slim' government for the Soviet Union, and the development towards communism at a realistic pace.
The final article, 'Report to the 11th Congress of the Workers' and Peasants' Party', was the last party congress attended by Lenin, which marked the end of democracy for the party and the possibility of forming internal splinter groups.
Scarce: OCLC list only two copies, held by Yale and Claremont Colleges.
Stock Code: 231563