Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses – The Rise of Communism: From Marx to Lenin


How did communism become such a pervasive economic and political philosophy? Why did it first take root in early 20th-century Russia? These and other questions are part of a fascinating story whose drama has few equals in terms of sheer scale, scope, or human suffering and belief.

These 12 lectures invite you to go inside communisms journey from a collection of political and economic theories to a revolutionary movement that rocked the world. Rich with historical insights, they zero in on the how and why of the Bolsheviks’ rise to power and how communist ideas worked in theory and practice – and how they didnt.

First, youll examine the utopian movements that influenced Marx and Engels, and how these leaders came to develop their revolutionary philosophies. From there, youll discover how Lenin became the first person to put Marxist ideas into action by violently seizing power in Russia during the chaos of the First World War. Throughout, youll meet thinkers and revolutionaries like Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky, unpack the meaning of texts like Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto, and experience the shock and awe of events including the Paris Commune and the October Revolution.

An uncompromising look at one of the dominant political ideologies of the 20th century, this is a fascinating, and sobering, study of how theories rise to power in a bid to create a new civilization – whatever the human cost.

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Author: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
Narrator: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
Duration: 5 hours 31 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2011
Publisher: The Great Courses
Language: English

User Review:

bail hard-core

Really enjoyed this, and learned a lot. This is a fairly straight history, which starts with Marx and ends with the death of Lenin. Another reviewer took issue with “balance” or some such nonsense. This is not a hagiography, and it’s not explicitly pro or anti Socialism / Communism. But you know what? Marx and Lenin and many of their comrades were not nice people, and their fantasies led directly to misery, starvation, death and enslavement for uncounted millions. If you’re a modern leftist seeking validation this is not for you. But perhaps you should listen anyway.