Subject Area: Lenin, Vladimir

An Analysis of the Cult of Lenin in Russian Archives
2001 0-7734-7371-8
This study of collective representations in Soviet Russia concentrates on perceptions of Lenin’s image, from a socio-anthropological rather than political view. In addition to Communist party information, official documents, memoirs, and folklore, newly-opened secret reports of the soviet political police are used for the first time. It analyses the development of the cult from Lenin’s lifetime up to the process of ‘de-Leninisation’ in the 1990s. Much of the research concerns the perception of his death and the decision to embalm his body, the campaign called ‘the Lenin enrollment’, renaming of Petrograd, and organization of ‘Lenin Corners’. It also presents new material devoted to Lenin museums, along with archive documents and never-published photographs. The text is completely in Russian.

Friendly Letter to Lenin, Ninochka, and Other Short Stories by Arkady Averchenko
2010 0-7734-3765-7
This work is the first English translation of a selected collection of short stories by Arkady Averchenko (1881-1925), the prolific writer of satirical and humorous prose in prerevolutionary Russia.

Lenin and Bogdanov: From Cooperation to Opposition
1999 0-7734-3217-5
The monograph centers on the comparison of the lives of Lenin and Bogdanov, confronting their political trajectories in the first quarter of the 20th century. In the few last years the name of A.A. Bogdanov emerged from oblivion, many of his works were re-published, including the famous two-volume “Tectology”, the book that anticipated cybernetics. The author attempts “to look at Lenin through Bogdanov, and to look at Bogdanov through Lenin”, shedding light on the historical details of the relations between the former companions-in-arm who became irreconcilable ideological opponents. Focusing on the activities of Lenin and Bogdanov, the author examines the problem of the relations between revolutionary and evolutionary ways of development of Russian society in that epoch. In Russian

Marxism- Leninism as the Civil Religion of Soviet Society. God's Commissar
1992 0-7734-9180-5
Examines the phenomenon of Marxism-Leninism from a perspective of the history of religions, in order to cull the lessons that students of both religion and society might draw from the collapse of that once seemingly impregnable ideology. After considering the reasons advanced by a variety of scholars for calling Marxism-Leninism a religion, as well as at Marxism-Leninism's own claim to be a science, the author suggests that a more fruitful way of looking at is would be as a form of civil religion. It examines the way Marxism-Leninism sought to supplant the historic religions and develop its own ritual system, as well as those features which are not only mythological, but also ideological in precisely the same sense in which Marx himself saw religions as ideological phenomena.