How does Marx describe the transition from capitalism to the dictatorship of the proletariat? How does Marx describe the transition from capitalism to the dictatorship of the proletariat? Use that transition to describe Lenin’s innovations to Marxist thought. Which one of those innovations is considered the most significant? What additional differences are suggested with Marx? What was the organizing principle of this most significant innovation? How did this innovation impact the future of the Soviet Union?
2. Describe an authoritarian modernizer? Kelley includes Lenin as an authoritarian modernizer? Why? Compared to Peter the Great, was Lenin an authoritarian modernizer? Why or why not?
3. You are a leader who has just succeeded in taking over his country. You seek to modernize your backward country. Are you likely to build an authoritarian or a totalitarian state? Answer the question referencing the differences between the two. Compare and contrast authoritarianism and totalitarianism? Does this help you understand the kind of state Stalin built? Why or why not?
4. Describe the theoretical framework of either O’Neil or Fukuyama, Using that framework, describe the major developments in the Russian state from the time of the emerging principality of Muscovy to the rule of Joseph Stalin.