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Lenin the Dictator Read & download · 107 Nnical and corrupt Russia he chillingly authorized the deaths of thousands of people and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for a greater ideal An old comrade what had once admired him said that Lenin “desired the good but created evil” This included his invention of Stalin who would take Lenin’s system of the gulag and the secret police to horrifying new heightsIn Lenin Victor Sebestyen has written a brilliant portrait of this dictator as a complex and ruthless figure and he also brings to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution a pivotal point in modern histo. Mr Sebestyen has produced the most interesting and readable of biographies of Lenin His main focus is on his subject s personal life with surprising detail on his family This is also the only biography to go in to detail about Lenin s relationship with Inessa Armand The author of course deals with Lenin s political ideas and their evolution over time especially when a means to grab power was in sight My favourite book of the year so far

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Lenin the Dictator Read & download · 107 Victor Sebestyen’s riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin the first major biography in English in nearly two decades is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the manBrought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing chess and the English classics Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887 Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin’s early years to his long exile in Europe and return to Petrograd in 1917 to lead the first Communist revolution in history Uniuely Sebestyen has discovered that thro. Page 468my book Lenin 1920 The dictatorship means unrestrained power and the use of force not of law Page 120 Yuli Martov Lenin has no talent for friendship he uses people too much Page 138 Alexander Potresov for Lenin Marxism was not a conviction but a religion This is truly a highly impressive and readable portrait of the Russian leader who brought dictatorial communism to his countryThis will disabuse anyone of the notion that Lenin was a communist Marxist humanitarian He sought power first and foremost He violently oppressed any opposition He organized brigades some under Stalin to remove food from the peasants in the countryside which led to mass starvation Lenin hindered any attempt to aid these starving millions as foreign interferencePage 346 October 1917 Lenin knew that power could slip away at anytime which explains so much of the seventy four year history of the Soviet Union Lenin s only real concern for the rest of his life after the October Revolution in 1917 was keeping power an obsession he passed down to his successors The regime he created was largely shaped by his personality secretive suspicious intolerant ascetic intemperateLenin himself had little in common with the proletariat even less in common with Russia s massive peasant population He led a petit bourgeois life in exile and did a lot of leisure hiking in the Swiss Alps When he obtained power in 1917 there was little time for relaxation which led to his heart attacks and death in January 1924 He was a really wound up individual and would fly into fits and rages Interestingly he had a congenial relationship with his family mother and sisters and then with his wife Nadezhda and his mistress Inessa Armand this relationship was hidden from the Russian people The women in his life exerted a strong influence and supported him in the communist movement Lenin treated them with respectThe author points out that it is the failed assassination attempt on Lenin in August 1918 that signalled the beginning of the Lenin cult The cult of the personality then became a common feature of all Communist countriesLenin applied some of the features of Marxist Communism like the redistribution of wealth much of this was done violently education for all and to some extent the emancipation of women there were many women involved in the Russian revolution it was a woman who attempted to assassinate Lenin in 1918 However he kept and expanded on many aspects of Czarist Russia No autonomy was given to outlying regions There was a centralization of power now in Moscow The role of the secret police was expanded and like during the era of the Czar no laws restricted it No dissension was tolerated Nadya Lenin s widow continued even after her husband s death to remove dangerous books page 508 ridding Russia s libraries of author s like Kant and SpenglerPage 53 54 The Okhranaunder the Czar had draconian powers to detain people without trial and send them to administrative exile in Siberia and the Arctic wastes at any hint of political crimes Its power and scope were unlike anything elsewhere in Europe It became the model for the Cheka the NKVD and the KGB in the Russia of the future or indeed the FSB of the post Soviet era It invaded the lives of ordinary peopleThis book is a page turner Russian history is gripping and devastating Gangbanged and Bred by His Daddys Friends in English Eyes of a Child in nearly two decades Marked Northern Shifters #1 is not only a political examination of one of the most Bombay Bound important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the manBrought up Spring 49 A Journal of Archetype and Culture in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing chess and the English classics Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother Straight on Till Morning The Student Prince #2 in 1887 Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin’s early years to his long exile Afghanistan in Europe and return to Petrograd Soldiers Without Borders in 1917 to lead the first Communist revolution Warriors in Winter in history Uniuely Sebestyen has discovered that thro. 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Lenin the Dictator Read & download · 107 Ughout Lenin’s life his closest relationships were with his mother his sisters his wife and his mistress The long suppressed story told here of the love triangle that Lenin had with his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya and his beautiful married mistress and comrade Inessa Armand reveals a complicated character than that of the coldly one dimensional leader of the Bolshevik RevolutionWith Lenin’s personal papers and those of other leading political figures now available Sebestyen gives is new details that bring to life the dramatic and gripping story of how Lenin seized power in a coup and ran his revolutionary state The product of a violent tyra. How could this obstinate little manever have become so important Stefan ZweigThe first time I saw a statue of Lenin in person was in early 2012 near the university in Kyiv The next time was a few months later in Donetsk in east Ukraine on a walk with my friend Paul who lived there at the time Lenin was facing away from a nearby McDonald s as if he can t bear to look Paul joked The statue in Donetsk is most likely no longer standing like many of that city s structures and I know for sure that the one I saw in Kyiv is no longer standing because well the residents of the city decided that they didn t want it there any around the same time they decided the same thing about their venal and autocratic president In Russia however there are still statues and images of Lenin everywhere as well as almost 100 years after his death his preserved body in Red Suare unless you believe that it s not even him as a Russian co worker told me with conviction at lunch recently a symbol ofwhat exactly Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov later known as Lenin was born in 1870 in Simbirsk about 900 km southeast of Moscow I m disturbed to report that I found the young Lenin sympathetic While he was a teenager his father older brother and older sister all died within the span of a few years although to be specific his brother Sasha was executed for having conspired in an attempt to assassinate Tsar Alexander III Lenin committed himself to studying and graduated at the top of his class becoming the driven and resolute kind of person so easy for irresolute people like me to admire But he was not allowed to attend Russia s most prestigious universities in either St Petersburg or Moscow in the eyes of the law guilty by association with his brother and ended up enrolling in university in Kazan from which he was expelled after about a semester for joining a dissident student movement although he was not it seems one of the ringleaders He went home to Simbirsk but remained active in nascent revolutionary circlesWhenever two Russians come together Conrad wrote in his 1911 novel Under Western Eyes the shadow of autocracy is with them haunting the secrets of their silences Conrad s novel is far from a pean to revolution but it nevertheless left me with a vivid impression of the oppressiveness of Russia under the Romanovs particularly during the reign of Nicholas II and of the seeming omniscience of his secret police the Okhrana now a name that describes fairly benign security guards who monitor schools and administrative buildings throughout Russia by the way And yes as Sebestyen notes Russian people under Nicholas II were not free even by the standards of the day You really could get senttoSiberia like literally for reading or writing the wrong book or article or for expressing the wrong opinion to the wrong person In a country where it can almost seem that the natural environment has been designed for punishment one s fate in the early twentieth century depended on a variety of factors that are not entirely clear to me It certainly didn t help to be Jewish And yet the Bolsheviks would make Russia under Nicholas II look like a Kindergarten picnic Lenin after being arrested for writing and distributing subversive literature seems to have gotten off fairly easily for whatever reason he was sent to a town called Shushenskoye known as the Italy of Siberia where the climate was relatively moderate and he lived with his wife Nadezhda and his mother in law According to Sebestyen Lenin spent most of his time there hunting swimming taking long walks and translating European socialist writers into Russian He could send and receive mail and even played long distance chess with professional players throughout Russia Nadezhda later expressed regret at having to leave Maybe I missed something in my reading but it didn t even seem to me that Lenin had to do you know forced labor or anything like that Nor was he tortured or starved In other words it was not the GulagIt s not difficult to understand what made Lenin a compelling and formidable figure He was intelligent and erudite and could laugh at himself He was an ideologue but he could be pragmatic and extemporaneous when necessary When he tells Trotsky things like in six months time we will be in power or swinging from the gallows one senses that he relishes both possibilities about eually His intelligence was combined with a level of coarseness his opponents were pieces of shit treasonous scoundrels and cunts that made him unpleasant and difficult to debate against He also combined an unwavering conviction in his rightness with an unwavering conviction that everything he did was for others the workers and the peasants even if it eventually turned out that he had to kill them People like this are compelling They don t insult your intelligence and the strength of their conviction seems to offer the resoluteness that you as a diffident semblance of a real person have always lacked Their notion of self sacrifice allows you to see the trials of your own life in the most charitable possible terms And their viciousness towards opponents satisfies one s repressed aggressiveness while binding you closer to them You don t become friends with people like this you become enlisted recruited because they always have a causeand then you either become bound to them as Trotsky expressed clearly in his rationale for the murder of Nicholas II and his family it needed to be clear to all Bolsheviks that there was no turning back or you become an apostate But even relatively early in life there were indications that Lenin s commitment to the ends made him indifferent to the means and indifferent to the loss of human life It apparently never occurred to him that inhumane means could eventually render the aims unachievable A paradise brought into being by the suffering of even one innocent not to mention millions isn t a paradise to paraphrase Ivan Karamazovbut it seems Lenin hated Dostoevsky In 1891 1892 when the Volga region was afflicted by a famine that killed hundreds of thousands writers like Chekhov and Lev Tolstoy organized relief efforts Lenin s only reaction was that the starvation of peasants was desirable as a means of mass radicalization against the regime About 30 years later he would again see in mass famine an opportunity using an even greater one brought about in part by the Bolshevik policy of grain reuisitioning as a pretext to launch his attack on the Orthodox Church One of the problems with revolutions is that you never know what you re going to get As Conrad wrote in Under Western Eyes in a real revolution the best characters do not come to the front A violent revolution falls into the hands of narrow minded fanatics and of tyrannical hypocrites at firstsuch are the chiefs and the leaders The scrupulous and the just the noble humane and devoted naturesmay begin a movement but it passes away from them They are not the leaders of a revolution They are its victimsThroughout this biography Sebestyen subtly but firmly insists on his subject s historical continuity with both Russia s Tsarist past and its present In this view Lenin and the Bolsheviks were anomalous in Russian history only due to the patina of Marxism and atheism but in the most essential aspects of rule they were not anomalous at all Lenin on his second day in power began to censor the press while his wife Nadezhda set about purging libraries of such writers as Descartes Kant Schopenhauer and William James we learn that Lenin hated Dostoevsky for being grossly dangerously reactionary as well as totally vile but I can t help wondering if he ever read Besy Demons whose main character is a Lenin like conspiratorial leader whom Dostoevsky based on Sergei Nechaevthe nihilist and revolutionary who in turn was a great influence on Lenin policies that wouldn t have seemed unusual under Nicholas II Lenin established a secret police apparatus the Cheka who though they were brutal based their methods on the Tsar s Okhrana and later became the NKVD and then the KGB He used terror and starvation against political opponents A cult of personality was established around him which he professed to dislike but never took pains to prevent After the attempt on Lenin s life Zinoviev Sebestyen writes supposedly an atheistcompared Lenin to Jesus Christ and said he was leader by the Grace of God as Orthodox priests had referred to the Tsars Talking recently with someone who grew up in the Soviet Union I asked what her teachers had said about the February Revolution She didn t seem to know what I was referring to which I guess answered my uestion Finally she said oh you mean 1905 But no I meant February 1917 or March by the modern calendar It s sad to think that for a few months in Russia it must have seemed as though anything was possible and how uickly and completely the promise of those months was eradicated As Sebestyen writes Overnight the February Revolution had brought political freedoms never before known in Russia and hardly ever since People could say write and read what they wanted something they could not do a year later nor their great grandchildren a hundred years laterIn the days leading up to November 7th of last year the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution I read a few articles that attempted to explain why the current Russian government was not treating the event with fanfare It was pointed out that well Lenin was a revolutionary after all he brought down the state and that s not the kind of thing that any government wants its people taking to heart But on the other hand Lenin fits comfortably into the historical narrative of modern Russia s leadership As Sebestyen puts it The clear signal in preserving Lenin s tomb is to show historical continuity the idea that Russia still needs as it has always needed a dominant ruthless autocratic leader a boss in Russian the VozhdThis is what makes Lenin s life a tragedy that he insured the continuance of the injustice he claimed to have been fighting against all his life and in fact made things much worse And this is even before we consider what Sebestyen and it s hard to argue calls Lenin s greatest sin leaving a man like Stalin in position to take charge of the country


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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Victor Sebestyen Victor Sebestyen » 7 Review Sebestyen delivers a straightforward easy reading biography We get to know Lenin’s thoughts emotions relationships and sk

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    Read & download Lenin the Dictator Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Victor Sebestyen Victor Sebestyen » 7 Review Page 468my book Lenin 1920 “The dictatorship means unrestrained power and the use of force not of law”Page 120 Yuli Martov “Le

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen Victor Sebestyen through the life of Lenin has supplied the missing pieces for me to understand the Russian Revolution This may be because Lenin was so central to it or it may be that Sebestyen writes in clear organized and engaging proseExcept for the first few pages the book is a chronology Each successive event provides context for the fu

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen Lenin The Man the Dictator and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen is a biographical look at Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov or Lenin the founder of the Soviet Union and a life long communist revolutionary Lenin was born in provincial Russia to a fairly well off family His father worked as a school inspector in the region and his moth

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    Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Victor Sebestyen Victor Sebestyen » 7 Review (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen This book is thorough and clear I am glad I read it Maybe I ought to feel all excited about it urging others to grab it immediately but that is just not how I feel The book is interesting but it never grabbed my heart I never felt I had to know what would happen next Is that because there isn't all that much new information provided? There are tidbits about his wife his longtime mistress and his mother but I cannot say

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen How could this obstinate little manever have become so important? Stefan ZweigThe first time I saw a statue of Lenin in person was in early 2012 near the university in Kyiv The next time was a few months later i

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen Mr Sebestyen has produced the most interesting and readable of biographies of Lenin His main focus is on his subject's personal life with surprising detail on his family This is also the only biography to go in to detail about Lenin's relationship with Inessa Armand The author of course deals with Lenin's politi

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen I should imagine that a person of Lenin's legacy deserves a multi volume exhaustive biography Robert A Caro Irwin F Gellman Edmund Morris and Arthur Schlesinger Jr have all written magisterial biographies about American presidents Add these to the two volumes by Stephen Kotkin Stalin Waiting for Hitler 1929 1941 next on my reading list; Volum

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    Victor Sebestyen » 7 Review Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Victor Sebestyen (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen For many years historians have laid the blame for the oppressive and authoritarian regime that took root in Russia following its revolution on Joseph Stalin Names like NKVD GPU or banishment to Siberia political purges were all associated with the Russian dictator However the credit for the darkness that pervaded the former Soviet Union first must rest at the feet of Vladimir I Lenin In 1973 Alexsandr S Solzhenitsyn pub

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    Read & download Lenin the Dictator (PDF/EPUB) [Lenin the Dictator] Í Victor Sebestyen When we think of the Soviet Union we mostly think of it as a fully realized totalitarian state We think of Stalin of World War II and of the Cold War Lenin is a shadowy figure to most of us usually lumped in with the chaos that preceded and surrounded the Russian Revolution As a result biographies of Stalin and histories of the Cold War are a dime a dozen but there are few objective biographies of Lenin Lenin t

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  • Hardcover
  • 592
  • Lenin the Dictator
  • Victor Sebestyen
  • English
  • 18 December 2020
  • 9781101871638