Geneva: Izdanie rossiiskoi sotsialdemokraticheskoi rabochei partii, 1904. Octavo (18 × 12 cm). Original printed staple-stitched wrappers; 40 pp. Stamp of the Central Committee of the Russian Social-democratic Worker’s Party to title and front wrapper. Light fading to wrapper; wrappers starting to detach from block, still about very good.
First edition in Russian of one of the most important essays on the agrarian question in Marxist thought. Friedrich Engels composed the essay in November 1894 for the journal “Neue Zeit.” In 1903, V. I. Lenin translated the opening of this essay in preparation for his lectures on the agrarian question at the Russian Higher School of Social Sciences in Paris. This first complete Russian translation of the Engels essay, with the introduction by the Russian revolutionary and Marxist thinker Georgi Plekhanov (1856-1918), was published by the Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDRP). The RSDRP was founded in 1891 to unite the diverse movements struggling for workers’ liberation in Russia and abroad. The party eventually split into the Menshevik and Bolshevik factions (with Lenin on the side of the Bolsheviks, and Plekhanov on the side of the Mensheviks), and was dissolved after the October Revolution.
Book ID: P6719