Lenin Collected Works:
Preface by Progress Publishers
Volume 20 contains the works of V. I. Lenin written between December
1913 and August 1914, with the exception of the article
“Critical Remarks on the National Question”, which was
written somewhat earlier and published serially in October to
The bulk of the volume is devoted to the Bolsheviks' struggle
against opportunism in the Russian and international labour
movement: against the liquidators, the Trotskyists, the
Vperyod group, the Socialist-Revolutionaries and the
opportunists of the Second International. Among these are the
articles: “The Break-up of the 'August' Bloc”,
“Disruption of Unity Under Cover of Outcries for Unity”,
“Narodism and Liquidationism as Disintegrating Elements in the
Working-Class Movement”, “The Ideological Struggle in
the Working-Class Movement”, “The Vperyodists and the
Vperyod Group”, Report of the C.C. of the
R.S.D.L.P. to the Brussels Conference and Instructions to the
C.C. Delegation, “A Fool's Haste Is No Speed”,
“Comment on Kautsky's Letter”.
The Bolshevik programme on the national question is elaborated in
the articles “Critical Remarks on the National Question”
and “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination".
A conspicuous place in the volume is occupied by articles on the
agrarian question, among them “The Peasantry and Hired
Labour”, “Serf Economy in the Rural Areas” and
“The Agrarian Question in Russia”.
Articles published for the first time in Lenin's Collected
Works are “The Liquidators and the Decisions of the
Lettish Marxists”, “Reply to the Article in
Leipziger Volkszeitung”. In these articles Lenin
denounces the liquidators'
attempts to distort Party decisions and conceal objective data
concerning monetary contributions to the Marxist and liquidationist
newspapers. Other articles included for the first time in the
Collected Works are: “Bill on the Equality of Nations
and the Safeguarding of the Rights of National Minorities”,
and “The Polish Social-Democratic Opposition at the Parting
of the Ways”. These were published previously in Lenin
The Instructions to the Central Committee Delegation to the Brussels
Conference have been supplemented by a new letter of Lenin's.
In previous editions of the Collected Works the draft
speech on “The Estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture”
was published from the manuscript, four pages of which were
missing. In the present edition the missing pages, which were found
in 1941, have been restored.