How the Bolshevik Party was built

The Bolshevik Party was the most revolutionary party that has ever existed. But it did not come into being fully formed. Over many years, Lenin built the party from the ground up, as it expanded from small reading circles to become a mass organisation of the Russian working class. This is the only party in history to have led the working class to the successful overthrow of capitalism. A careful study of its history can therefore provide us with a guide to building a similar party today.

Reading list

Articles

Where to begin? – Lenin

Base-building or Bolshevism? – Antonio Balmer

The Class, the Party and the Leadership –  Leon Trotsky

Books

Bolshevism – Alan Woods

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What is to be done? – Lenin

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