HIS 242
Lenin Paper Assignment


Large colorful posters of Lenin, such as this one taking up the entire side of a building, were not uncommon in the Soviet Union before 1991; they are uncommon now.

Lenin poster on the side of a building photo by B. Blois
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Read Lenin's What Is To Be Done? (1902).  Hey, isn't that pretty long?  Sure is.  So, this what I suggest.  Read Lenin's "Preface", glance through his "The Spontaneity of the Masses and the Consciousness of the Social-Democrats" and then dig into "The Plan For an All-Russia Political Newspaper" focusing specifically on the section "What Type of Organisation Do We Require?"  Remember that this was but one small "pamphlet" that Lenin wrote!

Answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from Lenin's What Is To Be Done (not from the textbook), what were some of the main ideas of Lenin's organizational blueprint for Russian Marxists?
Your paper should be about one page in length (maybe 2), double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.



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