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43. Ltnin, Vol. XVIII, pp. 30-1. Ltnin, Vol. XXVII, pp. twischm Friedrich Engels ruul Karl Marx, Vol. II, pp. lotHl. The sentence quoted is in English in the original. 16 18 17 THE FEBRUARY REVOLUTION 31 ment. Kerensky particularly suspect; to arm proletariat only guarantee; ... no rapprochement with other parties. The last is a conditio sine qua non. ' 28 On 16 March he had written to Alexandra Kollontay, then still in Norway: This first stage of the first of the revolutions (brought about by the war) will be neither the last, nor confined to Russia .

The Programme was silent on the precise state forms which the ultimate socialist revolution would bring forth. But no Social Democrat ever imagined that it would entail a curtailment of the extensive liberties which the Programme proclaimed for the first phase of the revolution, the democratic phase; or that it would take the form which it did take, the curtailment of liberty for all except the party in power. Not one word, at any rate in public, nor one line of Lenin's before October 1917 had ever implied this.

P. 55. 11 In 1924, in the Preface to The Road to October. See Stalin's }{a putialch k oktyabryu, p. ix. g. to$kaler•, pp. 233, 242-3, where, however, no evidence is adduced. 13 Shlyaprnkov, Vol. III, pp. 206-10. u Trotsky, Stalinskaya shkola, pp. 225-90. 10 11 28 THE ORIGIN OF THE COMMUNIST AUTOCRACY returned from Norway (bombarded before her return by Lenin with letters and telegrams of advice on tactics). No doubt she and Shlyapnikov were urging what they believed to be Lenin's views. It does not, however, appear that they had yet succeeded in grasping them, nor is this to be wondered at, since they had as yet not been fully developed by Lenin.

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