Lenin Collected Works:
Preface by Progress
Volume Five contains Lenin's works written between May 1901 and
February 1902. These include articles and notes published in
Iskra: “Where To Begin”, “Another
Massacre”, “A Valuable Admission”,
“The Lessons of the Crisis”, “The Serf-Owners at
Work”, “Fighting the Famine-Stricken”,
“Party Affairs Abroad”, “A Talk with Defenders of
Economism”, “Demonstrations Have Begun”,
“Political Agitation and 'The Class Point of View'", and
others. In these articles Lenin deals with the most important events
in Russian domestic affairs and throws light on the concrete tasks
of building the Party and of the class struggle of the proletariat.
In the article “The Persecutors of the Zemstvo and the
Hannibals of Liberalism”, published in Zarya in
December 1901, Lenin elaborates the tactics of the Marxist party of
the proletariat in relation to the liberal bourgeoisie.
"The Agrarian Question and the 'Critics of Marx'" expounds and
develops the Marxist theory of the agrarian question and is a
critique of the Russian and international revisionists.
This volume also contains Lenin's What Is To Be Done? the
theoretical premises of which laid the foundations of the ideology
of the Bolshevik Party.
Seven of the works of Lenin to be found in this volume are included
in the Collected Works for the first time. Of these, three
are notes published in Iskra: “A Zemstvo
Congress”, “On a Letter from 'Southern Workers'", and
“Reply to 'A Reader'". The other four documents are:
“Speech Delivered on September 21 (October 4, new style)"
speech at the “Unity” Conference of the
R.S.D.L.P. organisations abroad on September 21 (October 4), 19011,
“The Journal Svoboda”, “On the
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Revolutionary Activity of
G. V. Plekhanov”, and “Anarchism and
Socialism”. These four items appeared in print only after the