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Socialism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Michael Newman

September 2020

ISBN: 9780198836421

200 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Exploring the role of socialism over the last two hundred years, Michael Newman explains its major theories, and the key challenges facing it today. Drawing on case studies such as Bolivia and Cuba, he considers recent attempts to put socialism into practice, and argues that it remains ultimately relevant in today's world.

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Exploring the role of socialism over the last two hundred years, Michael Newman explains its major theories, and the key challenges facing it today. Drawing on case studies such as Bolivia and Cuba, he considers recent attempts to put socialism into practice, and argues that it remains ultimately relevant in today's world.


  • Considers the major theories in socialism, and explores its historical evolution from the French Revolution to the present day
  • Considers the impact of New Left on such questions as feminism, green issues, and direct action
  • This edition includes a new chapter on alternative approaches to socialism in the 21st century, with a focus on both Latin America and Europe
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Michael Newman, Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University

Michael Newman is an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University, where he was a Professor of Politics and held a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Studies. He currently teaches at New York University, London. Newman has published many works on socialism, Europe, peace and conflict. His most recent book is Transitional Justice: Contending with the Past (Polity Press, 2019).

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Illustrations
    Introduction
    1:Socialist traditions
    2:Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy
    3:New Lefts - enrichment and fragmentation
    4:Beyond the Dominant Orthodoxies
    5:Socialism today and tomorrow
    References
    Further reading
    Index

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