Vanguard

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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 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]

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  1. "Vanguard". Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary. 2004. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/mwcollegiate/vanguard_van_g%C3%A4rd_also_va. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. Bealey, Frank W. (1999). "Vanguard of the Proletariat". The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/bkpolsci/vanguard_of_the_proletariat. Retrieved 14 June 2011.