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Lenin’s Electoral Strategy from 1907 to the October Revolution of 1917

The Ballot, the Streets—or Both

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. August H. Nimtz
    Pages 1-47
  3. August H. Nimtz
    Pages 49-96
  4. August H. Nimtz
    Pages 97-144
  5. August H. Nimtz
    Pages 145-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-281

About this book


This book is the first full-length study of Lenin's party building project and writings on elections, looking in detail at his leadership of the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party in the four state Dumas from 1906 to the beginning of the First World War.


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About the authors

August H. Nimtz is Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is the author of Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough (2000), Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic' (2003), and a number of related articles in edited volumes and journals.

Bibliographic information


“Provides an impressively detailed account of the work of the Bolsheviks in the Russian par-liament, the Duma, during the pre-revolutionary period. … Nimtz’s book also shows Lenin’s great commitment to democracy, in the face of the common right wing smears against him as an elitist or a despot. … This is a thorough and readable summary of Lenin’s work on elections and the nature of parliaments.” (Richard Donnelly, International Socialism, Issue 157, 2018)