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Totalitarianism and Political ReligionAn Intellectual History$
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A. James Gregor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781305

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781305.001.0001

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Chapter Four Leninism

Chapter Four Leninism

Revolution as Religion

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Totalitarianism and Political Religion
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This chapter discusses the introduction of Marxism to Russia and rise of Leninism. First, it discusses Georgy Plekhanov's role in introducing Marxism in Russia and Nikolai Chernyshevsky's influence over Russia's revolutionary intelligentsia. Before the advent of Marxism, it was Russia's revolutionary intelligentsia that conceived science, philosophy, education, and art. Inspired by Chernyshevsky, the intelligentsia's belief system combined with Marxism to produce the thought of Plekhanov, ultimately giving rise to the revolutionary doctrines of V. I. Lenin.

Keywords:   Marxism, Leninism, Georgy Plekhanov, Russia, Nikolai Chernyshevsky, intelligentsia, V. I. Lenin

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