The State and Revolution

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The State and Revolution  (1917) 
by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

State and Revolution is a book written by Vladimir Lenin in August and September of 1917. It describes the role that the state plays in society along with the necessity of proletarian revolution. Written for a Marxist audience, Lenin spends much of the pamphlet criticising the actions of the social democrats that dominated the communist movement at that time as well as elaborating on the role of the dictatorship of the proletariat following revolution. The pamphlet is commonly regarded as one of Lenin's most important works and much of it forms the basis for today's Marxist thought.

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