V. I.   Lenin

The Capitalist System of Modern Agriculture[1]

Written: Written after September 11(24), 1910
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XIX. Signed: V. Ilyin. Published according to the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1974], Moscow, Volume 16, pages 423-446.
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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[1] The article “The Capitalist System of Modern Agriculture” is the’ first part of a large work on capitalist agriculture in Germany which Lenin intended to write as a second instalment of his well-known work, New Data on the Laws of the Development of Capitalism in Agriculture. Part I. Capitalism and Agriculture in the United States of America.

The article “The Capitalist System of Modern Agriculture” is included for the first time in Lenin’s Collected Works. It was published in 1932 in the magazine Bolshevik No. 9 and Lenin Miscellany XIX after the discovery of part of the manuscript. The succeeding parts of the manuscript are still missing: the end of Chapter III—“Peasant Farms under Capitalism”, the beginning and end of Chapter IV—“Labour of Women and Children In Agriculture”, Chapters V and VI—“Squandering of Labour in Small-scale Production” and “The Capitalist Character of the Use of Machinery in Modern Agriculture”.

The end of the article with the signature “V. Ilyin”, as well as the end of Chapter I (“A General Picture of the Economic System of Modern Agriculture”) and the beginning of Chapter II (“The Real Nature of the Majority of Modern Agricultural ‘Farms’ [Proletarian “Farms”]”), which were missing when the article was published in 1932, have now been, found; hence Chapters I, II and VII are now published in full for the first time.

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