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The complete idiot's guide to communism

Author: Rodney P Carlisle; James H Lide
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, ©2002.
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The fascinating history of communism from Marx and Engels to the Red retreat; clear explanations of the economic and social theory behind communism; compelling biographies of the crucial theorists and their ideas.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney P Carlisle; James H Lide
ISBN: 0028643143 9780028643144
OCLC Number: 49044980
Description: xxii, 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: From community to communism --
1. Communes and communities --
Religious groups in the United States establish communes and small utopias as models of a society based on community ownership rather than private property --
2. Marx and Engels --
In Britain, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels develop a theory of history and a system of scientific socialism that they predict will replace the capitalist system --
3. Arise, ye workers of the world! --
In Europe and America, followers of Marx organize the first and second international organizations of socialists --
4. The IWW and Anarcho-Syndicalism --
Trying to put some of the ideas of anarchists into effect through labor organization, in the United States, the Industrial Workers of the World briefly becomes a mass movement --
5. Socialist parties --
In Britain, the United States, and in Western Europe, Socialist and Social-Democratic parties develop, seeking to achieve socialism through the political process, rather than through revolution --
Part 2: Mother Russia --
6. The Russian revolution --
In Russia, the Bolshevik branch of Social Democrats seeks to achieve socialism through a revolutionary organization. The Bolsheviks win power and rename their organization the Communist Party --
7. Lenin and the Communist regime --
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) is the political genius behind the Bolshevik Revolution and the formation of the Communist Party. He insists on a disciplined party, with strict adherence to a single doctrine, prohibiting factionalism --
8. Stalin and the purges --
Joseph Stalin emerges as the successor to Lenin, ruthlessly suppressing all competitors for power; forcibly collectivizing agriculture, and extending the brutal police state to squash all political dissent --
9. The Communist Party in the U.S. and Britain in the 1920s --
In Moscow, the Third International, or Comintern, is established, in which international communist parties, operating with funds from Russia, agree to follow the doctrine and strategies set out by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union --
10. Come to the party: CPUSA --
In the United States, the Communist Party is formed out of a variety of radical socialist groups. The early party is severely divided but unites by the early 1930s behind Earl Browder. Following Kremlin policy, the party adopts the Popular Front strategy after 1935 --
11. Spanish Civil War: Loyal communists and rebel conservatives --
in Spain between 1936 and 1939, the army leads a revolt against Popular Front government in which the Communist Party is a minor player. SUpport for the government becomes a rallying point for communists and others on the left from Britain, Frances, the United States, and elsewhere --
12. The Soviet Union in World War II --
Stalin at first cooperates with Hitler in dismembering Poland. When Germany attacks the Soviet Union, an uneasy alliance is formed between the Soviet Union and the Western democracies of Britain and the United States. The Soviet army occupies much of Eastern Europe. Part 4: Communist expansion and Cold War --
13. Satellites in (and out of) orbit --
The Soviet army is instrumental in establishing communist regimes in Bulgaria and Romania, while Yugoslav forces help establish communism in Albania. Each satellite takes a somewhat different communist pathway --
14. Mao Zedong and the Communist Revolution in China --
Through the 1930s, the Chinese communists fight an extended civil war against the Nationalists. Under the leadership of Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party develops strength among peasants and succeeds in taking power in China in 1949 --
15. The Communist Party and the Cold War --
Reacting to the communist seizure of power in Europe and Asia, the United States forms military and economic alliances, and the struggle between the communist and capitalist nations takes on the form of an extended Cold War --
16. Communists in the U.S. Red Scare --
In the United States, the exposure of the espionage activities of several communists leads to a governmental crackdown on the Communist Party. Senator Joseph McCarthy and other claim the Party and fellow travelers have infiltrated the government, the Army, and the entertainment industry --
17. Trouble in Paradise --
In East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland, the brutal regimes established with Soviet armed support repress political opponents, but discontent simmers and bursts into outright rebellion more than once --
18. Yugoslavia: A separate road --
In Yugoslavia, communism is established by the local Partisan army under the leadership of Josip Broz Tito. When Tito challenges Stalin's leadership in the Balkan region, Stalin successfully calls for his overthrow. Over the next decades, the socialized economy in Yugoslavia takes a unique form --
19. China's Second Revolution and the Sino-Soviet split --
Mao institutes a "cultural revolution" and an extreme cult of personality at the same time that the Soviets are moving away from the cult of Stalinism. The two nations compete for world leadership of communism. Part 5: From advance to retreat --
20. National Liberation and Communism in the Third World --
In Cuba, under the leadership of Fidel Castro, a communist regime is established. Castro, the Chinese, and the Soviets attempt to foster communist revolutions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America --
21. Cracks in the Iron Curtain: Crisis and reform in the Soviet Union --
The communist regime in the Soviet Union suffers economic problems, political dissent, and growing corruption. In the mid 1980s, reforms under Mikhail Gorbachev make little headway, and disillusionment with the system and ethnic tensions continue to erode the regime --
22. Reds in retreat: The collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe --
In 1989-1991, communist regimes are thrown out of power across Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union itself dissolves --
23. Remnants --
At the opening of the twenty-first century, communist regimes continue only in a few countries, held in place by force.
Other Titles: Complete idiot's guide
Communism
Responsibility: by Rodney Carlisle with James H. Lide.

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