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Lenin said after the beginning of Socialist reconstruction in
Russia: "One cannot become a class-conscious, real Communist without
studying - and I mean studying - everything written by Plekhanov on
philosophy, for it is the best of all the international literature
In this respect, his remarks hold good no less for those who are
not Communists but are interested in Marxism.
In the new one-volume
edition of three of Plekhanov's shorter philosophical books, long out
of print in English, students of Marxist thought will find a most
valuable confirma~ion of Lenin!s opinion.
The volume is entitled Fundamental Problems of Marxism - the
longest of the works it contains, written in 1908.
As an appendix,
it includes two famous shorter papers by Plekhanov, The Materialist
conce}tion of History (1897) and The Role of the Individual in History
There is a suggestive preface by the American Marxist,
James S. Allen, with a number of useful notes.
The new edition is now available at the Library.
Or, as we
hope for and expect a strong demand for the loan of it, those who
would prefer to possess their own copy will find it on sale at progressive booksellers' at 25/-.
As prices go nowadays this is not unreasonable, and it is for thinking people a good investment.
Wishart, as usual are to be congratulated on bringing it out.
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In 1968 was celebrated the l50th anniversary of the birth of Karl
This year (on April 22) the world will mark the 100th anniversar,y
of the birth of Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin), the young genius who in turn
dedicated his life to mastering the scientific thought of Marx, bringing
it to bear on the new and highest stage of capitalism, already foreseen
in its general character by l!Iarx, and so equipping the world's workers
The C0ntenary is being observed in many ways in many places: in
the socialist countries, naturally, with nation-wide enthusiasm, expressed
with all the rich resources the people command there.
In the canefields of Cuba or the forests of Vietnam, by intense dedication to the
cause to which his name is an inspiration.
And in countries like our
own, with a whole spectrum of colours - from patronising notice or
grudging respect by aloof and "uncommitted" scholars, to warm-hearted
kinship and reverence in the most advanced sections of the working class.