part of military formation

A vanguard is a (usually small) group of people who lead a movement. It comes from two old French words, avant (front) and garde (guard).[1] In military terms, a vanguard is a group of soldiers who scout ahead to protect an army from surprise attacks.

in Politics change

In the political philosophy of Leninism "vanguard" refers to the "vanguard party". This would be a small group of dedicated revolutionaries who would lead the Communist movement in Russia.[2]

References change

  1. "Vanguard". Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary. 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. Bealey, Frank W. (1999). "Vanguard of the Proletariat". The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science. Retrieved 14 June 2011.