One of the main obstacles that we inevitably encounter in our work on political education is the need for socio-economic literature, and most importantly, the complete absence of a popular political literacy course that would give, in the form of a definite program, an exposition of the main points of capitalism and the development of the class struggle. This need, which is sufficiently felt in the cities, completely suspends all political education in the countryside.
We can say with confidence that the systematic work of our political literacy schools, Marxist circles, and the self-educational work of Party members will rapidly move forward and become much more productive if we issue a popular political literacy course. This book pursues these goals.
Mostly, the author of this course — the head of the Department of Agitation and Propaganda of the Izyum Uyezd Party Committee Comrade Vorobyov — coped with the task set before him. His course is presented in a very popular way and gives answers to all the questions of the program of the circle and the school of political literacy. There are, of course, shortcomings in this course: some points are not fully covered, often the presentation turns into a summary. But all this pays off with the popularity of the presentation and the wide coverage of the topic.
In any case, as the first attempt at compiling a systematic manual, Comrade Vorobyov's attempt should certainly be welcomed.
Comrade Vorobyov's course provides the basic minimum of knowledge that everyone who is embarking on the elimination of his political illiteracy must acquire.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
How the world works.
1. Infinity of the world
2. Solar system.
3. Origin of the Earth and its history
4. Origin of life on Earth and its development
5. Laws of development of life (evolution).
6. The origin of man
The era of subsistence farming.
1. A few preliminary remarks
2. Primitive Communism
3. Patriarchal-tribal system.
5. Property and the state in the era of natural economy; development of exchange
The emergence of capital and its main features.
1. Craft-urban system
2. The era of trading capital
Questions for the third chapter.
The development of the capitalist system and its contradictions. Capitalist state
1. Once again about the main features of capitalism
2. The course of development in the era of industrial capitalism.
3. The main contradictions of the capitalist system
4. Capitalist states
The revolutionary movement in the West and the development of the idea of socialism until the 60s of the XIX century
2. Communism in antiquity, communism of early Christianity, Christian-communist sects
3. Heretical communism; revolutionary movements of the era of feudalism: the English and French bourgeois revolutions; ideas of communism during these two revolutions 4. Great utopians: Charles Fourier, Saint-Simon and Robert Owen
5. Revolutions of 1830 and 1848. Scientific socialism.
The revolutionary movement in Russia before the war of 1914 in relation to the history of the Bolshevik party
1. Features of the first revolutionary organizations in Russia
2. The emergence of the working class and its first steps.
3. From the 90s to the revolution of 1905
4. From 1905 to 1914
Financial capitalism, imperialism and world war
1. Associations of capitalists
3. Capture of sources of raw materials, export of capital, struggle for a foreign market - the main features of imperialism leading to military clashes
4. World War
5. Social democracy and war
February to October 1917
Questions for Chapter VIII
October Revolution. War communism. 7th, 8th and 9th congresses of the Russian Communist Party
1. The essence of the October Revolution
2. How the working class built its state
3. The October Revolution and the Russian Communist Party
NEP and the 10th-11th Congress of the Russian Communist Party
Questions for the Xth Chapter
History of the 3 Internationals
1. 1st International
2. 2nd International
3. 3rd International
4. Third Communist International
Conclusion. Communist society