The Agrarian Programme of Social-Democracy in the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907
Written: Written in November-December 1907
First published in 1908 (confiscated); published in 1917 in book form by Zhizn i Znaniye.
Published according to the manuscript. Checked with the text of the 1917 edition.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
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Lenin’s book The Agrarian Programme of Social-Democracy in
the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907 was written in
November-December 1907. It was included in Part 2, Volume II of the
collection of Lenin’s works entitled Twelve Years, which was
to have been published in 1908, but the book was seized at the printers by
the police and destroyed. Only one copy was saved with several pages
at the end of it missing. The book was first published in 1917 under the
title, VI. Ilyin (N. Lenin), The Agrarian Programme of Social-Democracy
in the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907 (Petrograd, Zhizn i
The 1917 edition of this book was printed from the mutilated copy,
which broke off at the following unfinished sentence: “The
reformative path of creating a Junker-bourgeois Russia presupposes the
preservation of the foundations of the old system of landownership and
their slow”... (See present volume, p. 425.) To this Lenin added the
words: “systematic, and most painful coercion of the mass of the
peasantry. The revolutionary path of creating a peasant-bourgeois Russia
necessarily presupposes the break-up of the old system of landownership,
the abolition of the private ownership of the land.”
The present edition is reproduced from the manuscript corrected by
Lenin several years after the 1908 edition.