Makers of the Twentieth Century: Lenin

A study of Lenin by D.A. Longley which questions the usual criteria by which the great Soviet leader's influence and legacy are judged.

Lenin working in the Kremlin, 1918As we enter the 1980s our century has already survived longer than the three score years and ten allotted to man. At times it has seemed that our survival has been fortunate, given that we now have the power to blow up our planet and all its history. It seems, too, that the energy crisis and the seemingly incurable inflation that accompanies and follows from it have marked the beginning of a new phase in our history. Keynes can no longer solve our economic problems. The diplomacy of Palmerston and John Foster Dulles no longer provides solutions to relations between strong and weak countries.

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