World War I as a Revolutionary Opportunity
Lecture no. 8 from the course: The Rise of Communism: From Marx to Lenin
Taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | 26 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
With the outbreak of the First World War, Lenin—who called war an “accelerator of history”—had the world crisis he could turn to his advantage. Topics here include Marxist debates over the philosophies of defensism vs. defeatism, the arrival of Leon Trotsky and his theory of “permanent revolution,” and the widening rift between socialists and communists.