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The black book of communism : crimes, terror, repression

The black book of communism : crimes, terror, repression

Author: Stéphane Courtois; Mark Kramer
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
""Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience - in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stéphane Courtois; Mark Kramer
ISBN: 0674076087 9780674076082
OCLC Number: 41256361
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Awards: Nominated for J. David Greenstone Book Prize 2001
Description: xx, 858 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword : The uses of atrocity / Martin Malia --
Introduction : The crimes of communism / Stéphane Courtois --
pt. 1. A state against its people : violence, repression, and terror in the Soviet Union / Nicholas Werth. Paradoxes and misunderstandings surrounding the October Revolution ; The iron fist of the dictatorship of the Proletariat ; The red terror ; The dirty war ; From Tambov to the Great Famine ; From the truce to the great turning point ; Forced collectivization and dekulakization ; The great famine ; Socially foreign elements and the cycles of repression ; The Great Terror (1936-1938) ; The empire of the camps ; The other side of victory ; Apogee and crisis in the Gulag system ; The last conspiracy ; The exit from Stalinism ; Conclusion --
pt. 2. Word revolution, civil war, and terror / Stéphane Courtois, Jean-Louis Panné, and Réne Kauffer. The Comintern in action / Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné ; The shadow of the NKVD in Spain / Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné ; Communism and terrorism / Rémi Kauffer. pt. 3. The other Europe : victim of communism / Andrzej Paczkowski and Karol Bartošek. Poland, the "enemy nation" / Andrzej Paczkowski ; Central and Southeastern Europe / Karel Bartošek --
pt. 4. Communism in Asia : between reeducation and massacre / Jean-Louis Margolin and Pierre Rigoulot. Introduction ; China : a long march into night / Jean-Louis Margolin ; Crimes, terror, and secrecy in North Korea / Pierre Rigoulot ; Vietnam and Laos : the impasse of war communism ; Cambodia : the country of disconcerting crimes / Jean-Louis Margolin ; Conclusion ; Select bibliography for Asia --
pt. 5. The Third World / Pascal Fontaine, Yves Santamaria, and Sylvain Boulouque. Communism in Latin America / Pascal Fontaine ; Afrocommunism : Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique / Yves Santamaria --
Communism in Afghanistan / Sylvain Boulouque ; Conclusion / Stéphane Courtois.
Other Titles: Livre noir du communisme.
Responsibility: Stéphane Courtois [and others] ; translated by Jonathan Murphy and Mark Kramer ; consulting editor, Mark Kramer.
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This international bestseller plumbs archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and  Read more...


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