What Is To Be Done? was written at the end of 1901 and early in 1902. Lenin pointed out that it represented a 'skeleton plan to be developed in much greater detail in a pamphlet now in preparation for print'.
The main theme was intended to have been: 'the character and main content of our political agitation; our organisational tasks; and the plan for building, simultaneously and from various sides, a militant, all-Russia organisation.'
It also deals with 'two questions of a more general nature - why such an 'innocent' and 'natural' slogan as 'freedom of criticism' should be for us a veritable war-cry, and why we cannot come to an understanding evben on the fundamental question of the role of Social-Democrats in relation to the spontaneous mass movement.'
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