One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov). Shag vpered, dva shaga nazad (Krizis v nashej Partii).

Geneva, Tip. Partii, 1904.

8vo. VIII, 172 pp. Original printed wrappers, bound within later full cloth with giltstamped title-label to spine.


First edition of "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back", Lenin's controversial study of the minutes and resolutions of the Second Party Congress. It discusses the speeches of each of the delegates and the political groupings at the Congress, and of the Central Committee and Party Council documents. The book evoked fury among the Mensheviks: Plekhanov demanded that the Central Committee disavow it, and the conciliators on the Central Committee tried to prevent its publication and circulation. Although published abroad, the essay circulated widely among advanced workers in Russia. Copies of the book were found during arrests and house-searches in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga, Saratov, Tula, Orel, Ufa, Perm, Kostroma Shchigri, Shavli (Kovno Gubernia), and elsewhere.

In addition to the Russian title, the present copy bears the title in German: "Ein Schritt vorwärts, zwei Schritt rückwärts. (Über die Krise in unserer Partei)".

Stamp of the Central Committee to front wrapper and title-page. Tiny marginal tear to front wrapper and title-page, otherwise in excellent condition.

Lenin, Collected Works VII (1964), 203-425. OCLC 1033848318.

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