V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on December 20, 1916
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Zurich to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 416.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrades,

I have to give a lecture here on the Ninth of January, 1905, but I have no material.[1] Please help me to find:

1) Mysl for 1910 (?)–1911
V. Ilyin’s articles on strikes in Russia.[2]

2) Diskussionny Listok of the C.O. of the R.S.D.L.P. for 1910–1911 (?), my article on revolution and counterrevolution in Russia, with a summary of strike statistics.[3]

3) Trotzky: Russland in der Revolution.

4) Gorn, Mech, Cherevanin and others,
collections (legal) for 1906–07 (?). The social movement in Russia, or something like that. One issue about the peasantry.[4]

(Agrarian question)

5) Maslov, Vol. II. The peasant movement in 1905–06.[5]

6) The Social Movement in Russia. The five-volume collection of Potresov and Co.

7) Moscow in 1905[6]
and other 1905–06 pamphlets. Anything you have. Please send what you have, or mark off on this note what there is and what can be sent over.


P.S. I sent Guilbeaux my theses on work among the Left in the Swiss Social-Democratic Party, and asked him to send them on to you.[7] Pass them on also to Noah and Stepko.


[1] Lenin read his lecture on the 1905 revolution in German at a meeting arranged by working-class youth at the Zurich People’s House on January 22 (9), 1917. For the text of the lecture, see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 236–53.

[2] Lenin’s article “Strike Statistics in Russia” appeared in the magazine Mysl (Thought) No. 1, December 1910, and No. 2, January 1911 (see present edition, Vol. 16, pp. 393–421).

[3] Diskussionny Listok (The Discussion Bulletin) No. 3, April 29 (May 12), 1911, carried Lenin’s article “The Historical Meaning of the Inner-Party Struggle in Russia”, whose second section contains a summing up of the statistics of the strikes in Russia referred to by Lenin (see present edition, Vol. 16, pp. 374–92).

[4] A collection of articles by Vl. Gorn, V. Mech and Cherevanin, The Struggle of Social Forces in the Russian Revolution, Moscow. Issue Three, The Peasantry and the Revolution.

[5] Pyotr Maslov’s book, The Agrarian Question in Russia, Vol. II, The Crisis of the Peasant Economy and the Peasant Movement, St. Petersburg, Obshchestvennaya Polza Publishers, 1908.

[6] The book Moscow in December 1905, published in Moscow in 1906. For Lenin’s review of it, see present edition, Vol. 11, pp. 171–78.

[7] A reference to the theses “Tasks of the Left Zimmerwaldists in the Swiss Social-Democratic Party”, written in late October or early November 1916, and published as a leaflet in French in 1918 (see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 137–48).

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