V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on December 5, 1920
Published: First published in 1928 in the journal Arkhivnoye Dyelo No. IV (17). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 530.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade M. N. Pokrovsky

Comrade M. N.,

I congratulate you very much on your success. I was extremely pleased with your new book, Russian History in Brief Outline. The presentation and approach are original. It reads with tremendous interest. I think it ought to be translated into the European languages.

Let me make a small remark. To turn it into a textbook (and it should become one), it needs to be supplemented with a chronological index. This is what I mean: do it approximately in this way (1) a column of dates; (2) a column of bourgeois assessments (briefly); (3) a column of your, Marxist assessment, with references to the pages of your book.

Pupils should know both your book and the index, so that there should be no superficiality, so that they should know the facts, so that they should learn to compare the old science and the new. What’s your opinion about this supplement?

December 5

With communist greetings,


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