Lenin's Legacy

Lenin's Legacy

The Story of the CPSU

Author: Robert Wesson
ISBN: 978-0-8179-6922-6
Publication Date: 3/1/1978
Pages: 318

This concise monograph traces Russian Marxism from its beginnings to mid-1977, shows how and why the party achieved power, how it has strengthened its position, and how it has undertaken to remold the country and to solve its internal problems. Wesson's study is the only up-to-date party history currently available. The book opens with background material on Russian discontent and endeavors to analyze the fundamental nature of Communist Party rule, taking into account new perspectives in Lenin's revolution, the Stalinist period, and the Khrushchev years, as well as the latest period not covered in earlier accounts. It treats the rise of Lenin, the struggle for power after Lenin and after Stalin, and the consolidation of Brezhnev's authority. As the most recent history of communism in the Soviet Union, it has great topical interest and is clearly written for the benefit of the student and general reader as well as the professional.

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Robert Wesson

Robert G. Wesson was a curator and coordinator of Russian and East European Studies at the Hoover Institution. He received an M.A. from Fletcher and a Ph.D. from Columbia. Serving first in the American Foreign Service (1941-1944), Dr. Wesson subsequently became an officer in the U.S. Navy. His areas of academic interest include Soviet and other communist systems as well as foreign policy.




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