V. I. Lenin


Written in February-March 1905
First Published in 1931
in Lenin Miscellany XVI

Published according to
the manuscript

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965

Second Revised Edition

Vol. 8, pp. 206-208.

Translated from the Russian by
Bernard Isaacs and Isidor Lasker
Editor: V. J. Jerome

Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, (October 2001)

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  [67] Plan of a Lecture on the Commune -- an outline of Lenin's lecture on the Paris Commune delivered by him in Geneva on March 5 (18) 1905, for the Russian colony of political emigrants.    [p. 206]

  [68] In his introduction to Marx's The Civil War in France, Engels analysed the situation in France after the June insurrection of 1848 saying: "If the proletariat was not yet able to rule France, the bourgeoisie could no longer do so." (Marx and Engels, Selected Works, Moscow, 1958, Vol. 1, p. 475.)    [p. 206]

  [69] Here and further below Lenin refers to the German edition of Karl Marx's pamphlet The Civil War in France, which appeared in Berlin in 1891.    [p. 206]

  [70] Lenin draws a comparison between the executioners of the Paris Commune of 1871 and the executioners of the first Russian revolution of 1905.
    Trepov, D. F. -- Governor-General of St. Petersburg; responsible for the suppression of the first Russian revolution.
    Vasilchikov, S. I., Prince -- tsarist general; commanded the tsarist

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troops in St. Petersburg which shot down the peaceful demonstration of workers on January 9 (22), 1905.    [p. 207]

  [71] Here and further below Lenin refers to the book Histoire du mouvement social en France 1852-1902 by G. Weill, Paris, 1904.    [p. 207]

  [72] The number of Communard victims is quoted from Prosper Olivier Lissagaray's Histoire de la Commune de 1871, Paris, 1896.    [p. 208]