Marxism-Leninism Study Guide

Marxism-Leninism is the triumphant ideology. He who embraces, develops, and defends it is a member of the glorious army of the revolution.” – Enver Hoxha

“The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true. It is comprehensive and harmonious, and provides men with an integral world outlook irreconcilable with any form of superstition, reaction, or defence of bourgeois oppression. It is the legitimate successor to the best that man produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism.” – V.I. Lenin

The theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin is universally applicable. We should regard it not as a dogma, but as a guide to action. Studying it is not merely a matter of learning terms and phrases but of learning Marxism-Leninism as the science of revolution. It is not just a matter of understanding the general laws derived by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin from their extensive study of real life and revolutionary experience, but of studying their standpoint and method in examining and solving problems.”- Mao Tsetung

I must say that the tasks of the youth in general, and of the Young Communist Leagues, and all other youth organizations in particular, might be summed up in a single word: learn.” – V.I. Lenin

The essentials for beginners:

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, A Basic Course by People’s March

Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Foundations of Leninism by J.V. Stalin

Karl Marx:  A Brief Biographical Sketch with an Exposition of Marxism by V.I. Lenin

Essential theoretical readings by author:

Karl Marx and/or Friedrich Engels:

Manifesto of the Communist Party 

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Wage Labor and Capital 

Wages, Prices, and Profit 


V.I. Lenin

The State and Revolution

Imperialism:  The Highest Stage of Capitalism

Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder 

Marxism and Revisionism 

Karl Marx:  A Brief Biographical Sketch with an Exposition of Marxism

Economics and Politics in the Era of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat 

J.V. Stalin

The Foundations of Leninism

The Russian Social-Democratic Party and its Immediate Tasks 

Anarchism or Socialism?

Trotskyism or Leninism? 

Dialectical and Historical Materialism 

Marxism and the National Question 

History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik) 

Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR

Mao Tsetung

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tsetung

The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party

On Practice

On Contradiction 

Combat Liberalism 

On the Ten Major Relationships  (Read Toilers’ Struggle’s assessment of this work here)

On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People

A Critique of Soviet Economics 


Other recommended readings:

Another View of Stalin by Ludo Martens

Revisionism and the Demise of the USSR by Harpal Brar

Toward Soviet America by William Foster

Trotskyism or Leninism? by Harpal Brar (Read the preface here, and purchase a copy here)

Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

The Polemic on the General Line of the International Communist Movement by the editorial departments of Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily) and Hongqi (Red Flag)

Political Economy – a textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

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