V. I.   Lenin

TO ***[1]

Written: Written in Geneva in April–May 1905
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 146.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I hasten to remind you about one thing which it is essential to translate and publish as soon as possible, and which I forgot to mention in my talk with you (although I have had this thing in mind for a very long time!). It is Friedrich Engels’s Die Reichsverfassungskampagne, from the collection of the works of Marx and Engels published by Mehring (Marx, Nachlass, etc., Vol. III). This is quite a separate thing, which really must appear as a pamphlet. It is now of particularly great interest.[2]


[1] The addressee has not been ascertained.

[2] Lenin examines in detail Engels’s Die deutsche Reichsverfassungskampagne (The German Campaign for an Imperial Constitution) in his report at the Third Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. on May  1, 1905, dealing with the participation of Social-Democrats in the provisional revolutionary government (see present edition, Vol. 8, pp. 393–95). This work of Engels is an essay on the history of the Baden-Pfalz uprising of 1849, in which he personally took part as an A.D.C. of Willich.

In the spring and summer of 1905, some legal publishing houses set up in Russia undertook the publication of the works of Marx and Engels in Russian translations. Lenin edited Marx’s The Civil War in France and other works for Burevestnik Publishers in Odessa. Engels’s pamphlet was not published in Russian before the October Revolution.

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