V. I. Lenin


Written between April 8 and 13        
(21 and 26), 1917        
Published as a pamphlet        
in April 1917 by Priboi Publishers        

Published according
to the pamphlet text

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1964

Vol. 24, pp. 42-54.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Bernard Isaacs

Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, (August 1997)


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      [18] Lenin's pamphlet Letters on Tactics. First Letter was issued in Petrograd in 1917 by the Bolshevik publishing house Priboi in three editions. The April Theses were given as a supplement to all three editions.    [p.42]

      [19] See Engels's letter to F. A. Sorge dated November 29, 1886 (Marx and Engels, Selected Correspondence, Moscow, 1955, pp.469-73).    [p.43]

      [20] Lenin here quotes the words of Mephistopheles from Goethe's tragedy Faust. Erster Teil, Studierzimmer.    [p.45]

      [21] The expression "His Majesty's Opposition" belongs to P. N. Milyukov, the leader of the Cadet Party. In a speech made at a luncheon given by the Lord Mayor of London on June 19 (July 2), 1909, Milyukov said: "So long as there is a legislative chamber in Russia which controls the budget, the Russian Opposition will remain the Opposition of His Majesty, not to His Majesty" (Rech No. 167, June 21 [July 4], 1909).    [p.48]

      [22] "No Tsar, but a workers' government" -- an anti-Bolshevik slogan put torward in 1905 by Parvus and Trotsky. This slogan of a

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    revolution without the peasantry, which became one of the basic postulates of counter-revolutionary Trotskism, was sharply criticised by Lenin.    [p.48]

      [23] See Marx and Engels, Selected Works, Vol. I, Moscow, 1962 pp. 516-30, 473-74.    [p.49]

      [24] Lenin refers to Plekhanov's pamphlet Anarchism and Socialism first published in German in 1894.    [p.50]

      [25] Lenin here reiers to the volume of his writings published in St. Petersburg at the end of 1907: Vl. Ilyin Twelve Years. A Collection of Articles. Volume I. Two Trends in Russian Marxism and Russian Social-Democracy.    [p.52]