Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


562 Pages

ISBN 978-1-137-51649-7

The Palgrave handbook of Leninist political philosophy

Edited by

Tom Rockmore, Norman Levine

This intellectually discomfiting, disturbingly provocative, yet still thoroughly scholarly Handbook reproduces the intellectual ferment that accompanied the Russian Revolution including the wholly polarising effect at that time of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The Palgrave Handbook of Leninist Political Philosophy does not settle for one safe interpretation of the thought of this world-historic figure but rather revels in a clash of viewpoints. Most interestingly it presents a contrast between the Western editors who emphasise pure democracy and Marxian humanism with many ofthe contributing scholars who take a more sanguine view of the Leninist political project. Perhaps reflecting the current Western political crisis, some of the volume's other European and North American scholars more closely align with their colleagues from the Global South.

Key Features:

·         Additional comprehensive coverage includes the theory of the party, Bolshevism, imperialism, and the class struggle in the countryside

·         Examines the relation of Lenin's thought to the ideas of his most influential contemporaries (including Luxemburg, Stalin and Trotsky) as well as the most eminent thinker to interpret Lenin since his death – György Lukács

Publication details

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51650-3

Full citation:

Rockmore, T. , Levine, N. (eds) (2018). The Palgrave handbook of Leninist political philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents


Rockmore Tom


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Lenin and philosophy

Bykova Marina F.


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Engels' co-option of Lenin

Levine Norman


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Luxemburg and Lenin

Hudis Peter


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Lenin and Trotsky

Löwy Michael; Le Blanc Paul


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Lenin and Stalin, theory and politics

Hedeler Wladislaw


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Lukács as Leninist

Rockmore Tom


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Lenin's conception of the party

Gómez Velázquez Natasha


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"Extracting the democratic kernel"

Shandro Alan


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Lenin and imperialism

Callinicos Alex


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Lenin and the new economic policy

Rees Edward A.


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