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The Oxford handbook of the history of communism

Author: S A Smith
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
The impact of Communism on the twentieth century was massive, equal to that of the two world wars. Until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, historians knew relatively little about the secretive world of communist states and parties. Since then, the opening of state, party, and diplomatic archives of the former Eastern Bloc has released a flood of new documentation. The thirty-five essays in this 'Handbook',  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S A Smith
ISBN: 9780199602056 0199602050
OCLC Number: 844731388
Description: xiii, 658 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Towards a global history of communism / Stephen A. Smith --
Part 1. Ideology. --
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels on communism / Paresh Chattopadhyay --
Lenin and Bolshevism / Lars T. Lih --
Stalin and Stalinism / Kevin McDermott --
Mao and Maoism / Timothy Cheek --
Part 2. Global moments. --
1919 / Jean-François Fayet --
1936 / Tim Rees --
1956 / Sergey Radchenko --
1968 / Maud Anne Bracke --
1989 / Matthias Middell --
Part 3. Global communism. --
The Comintern / Alexander Vatlin and Stephen A. Smith --
Communism in Eastern Europe / Pavel Kolář --
Communism in China, 1900-2010 / Yang Kuisong and Stephen A. Smith --
Communism in South East Asia / Anna Belogurova --
Communism in Latin America / Mike Gonzalez --
Communism in the Islamic world / Anne Alexander --
Communism in Africa / Allison Drew --
Part 4. Communist polities and economies. --
Political and economic relations between communist states / Balázs Szalontai --
Averting Armageddon : the communist peace movement, 1948-1956 / Geoffrey Roberts --
The cult of personality and symbolic politics / Daniel Leese --
Communist revolution and political terror / Julia C. Strauss --
Popular opinion under communist regimes / Sheila Fitzpatrick --
Communism and economic modernization / Mark Harrison --
Collectivization and famine / Felix Wemheuer --
The politics of plenty : consumerism in communist societies / Paul Betts --
Part 5. Communism and social relations. --
The life of a communist militant / Marco Albeltaro --
Rural life / Jeremy Brown --
Workers under communism : romance and reality / Tuong Vu --
Communism and women / Donna Harsch --
Privilege and inequality in communist society / Donald Filtzer --
Nation-making and national conflict under communism / Adrienne Lynn Edgar --
Part 6. Communism and culture. --
Cultural revolution / Richard King --
Communism and the artistic intelligentsia / Mark Gamsa --
Popular culture / Dean Vuletic --
Religion under communism / Richard Madsen --
Sport under communism / Robert Edelman, Anke Hilbrenner and Susan Brownell.
Series Title: Oxford handbooks.
Other Titles: History of communism
Responsibility: edited by Stephen A. Smith.
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Draws on documentation released since the fall of the Soviet Union to offer a global history of communism in the twentieth century.  Read more...


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