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Communism: A Very Short Introduction

Leslie Holmes

27 August 2009

ISBN: 9780199551545

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The collapse of communism was one of the most defining moments of the twentieth century. This Very Short Introduction examines the history behind the political, economic, and social structures of communism as an ideology.

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The collapse of communism was one of the most defining moments of the twentieth century. This Very Short Introduction examines the history behind the political, economic, and social structures of communism as an ideology.

  • Considers the theory of communism from Marx's time to its practice in the Bolshevik Revolution, and its collapse in 1989-91
  • Highlights the inner dynamics, crises and demise of communism as a global system
  • Introduces the major players in communist theory including Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao
  • Analyses some of the common misperceptions of communism and reveals the truth behind true communist thought

About the Author(s)

Leslie Holmes, Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Table of Contents

    1:The theory of communism
    2:A brief history of communism in power
    3:The political system of communism
    4:The economic system of communism
    5:The social structures of communism
    6:Communism's international allegiances
    7:The collapse of communist power and the future

Reviews

"Very readable and with its wealth of detail a most valuable reference book." - Gwyn Griffiths, Morning Star

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