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The rise and fall of communism

Author: Archie Brown
Publisher: London : Bodley Head, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracing the story of Communism from its nineteenth-century roots, the book shows how the political movement Karl Marx described as a 'spectre haunting Europe' expanded throughout the world during the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Archie Brown
ISBN: 9780224078795 0224078798
OCLC Number: 690842434
Description: 1 v. (XV-720 p. - [16] p. de pl.) : ill., cartes. ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
[Part 1: Origins and development] --
The idea of communism --
Communism and socialism --
the early years --
The Russian Revolutions and Civil War --
'Building socialism': Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-40 --
International Communism between the two World Wars --
What do we mean by a communist system? --
[Part 2: Communism ascendant] --
The appeals of communism --
Communism and the Second World War --
The communist takeovers in Europe --
Indigenous paths --
The communist takeovers in Europe --
Soviet impositions --
The communists take power in China --
Post-War Stalinism and the break with Yugoslavia --
[Part 3: Surviving without Stalin] --
Khrushchev and the Twentieth Party Congress --
Zig-zags on the road to 'communism --
Revisionism and revolution in Eastern Europe --
Cuba: a Caribbean communist state --
China: from the 'Hundred Flowers' to 'Cultural Revolution' --
Communism in Asia and Africa --
The 'Prague Spring' --
'The era of stagnation': the Soviet Union under Brezhnev --
[Part 4: Pluralizing pressures] --
The challenge from Poland: John Paul II, Lech Walesa, and the rise of Solidarity --
Reform in China: Deng Xiaoping and after --
The challenge of the West --
[Part 5:Interpreting the fall of communism] --
Gorbachev, Perestroika, and the attempt to reform communism, 1985-87 --
The dismantling of Soviet Communism, 1988-89 --
The end of communism in Europe --
The break-up of the Soviet State --
Why did communism last so long? --
What caused the collapse of communism? --
What's left of communism?
Other Titles: Introduction.
[Part 1: Origins and development]
Idea of communism.
Communism and socialism - the early years.
Russian Revolutions and Civil War.
'Building socialism': Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-40.
International Communism between the two World Wars.
What do we mean by a communist system?
[Part 2: Communism ascendant]
Appeals of communism.
Communism and the Second World War.
Communist takeovers in Europe - Indigenous paths.
Communist takeovers in Europe - Soviet impositions.
Communists take power in China.
Post-War Stalinism and the break with Yugoslavia.
[Part 3: Surviving without Stalin]
Khrushchev and the Twentieth Party Congress.
Zig-zags on the road to 'communism.
Revisionism and revolution in Eastern Europe.
Cuba: a Caribbean communist state.
China: from the 'Hundred Flowers' to 'Cultural Revolution'
Communism in Asia and Africa.
'Prague Spring'
'Era of stagnation': the Soviet Union under Brezhnev.
[Part 4: Pluralizing pressures]
Challenge from Poland: John Paul II, Lech Walesa, and the rise of Solidarity.
Reform in China: Deng Xiaoping and after.
Challenge of the West.
[Part 5:Interpreting the fall of communism]
Gorbachev, Perestroika, and the attempt to reform communism, 1985-87.
Dismantling of Soviet Communism, 1988-89.
End of communism in Europe.
Break-up of the Soviet State.
Why did communism last so long?
What caused the collapse of communism?
What's left of communism?
Responsibility: Archie Brown.
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