Heaven on Earth The Rise and Fall of Socialism

ISBN-10: 1893554783
ISBN-13: 9781893554788
Edition: N/A
Authors: Joshua Muravchik
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 391
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Socialism was man's most ambitious attempt to supplant religion with a doctrine claiming to ground itself in 'science'. Indeed, no religion ever spread so far so fast. Yet while socialism had established itself as a fact of life by the beginning of the 20th century, it did not create societies of abundance or give birth to 'the New Man'. Each failure inspired new searches for the path to the promised land: revolution, communes, social democracy, Communism, Fascism, Third World socialism. None worked, and some exacted staggering human tolls. Then, after two hundred years of wishful thinking and fitful governance, socialism suddenly imploded in a fin du siecle drama of falling walls and collapsing regimes. This book traces this fiery trajectory through sketches of the thinkers and leaders who developed the theory, led it to power, and presided over its collapse. Muravchik's accomplishment in 'Heaven on Earth' is to tell a story filled with character and event while at the same time giving us an epic chronicle of a movement that tried to turn the world upside down -- and for a time succeeded.

Joshua Muravchik lives in Maryland with his family.

Prologue: Changing Faiths
Beginnings
Conspiracy of Equals: Babeuf plots a revolution
New Harmony: Owen conducts an experiment
Scientific Socialism: Engels interprets the oracle
What Is to Be Done? Bernstein develops doubts
Triumphs
Real Existing Socialism: Lenin seizes power
Fascism: Mussolini becomes a heretic
Social Democracy: Attlee takes the slow road
Ujamaa: Nyerere forges a synthesis
Collapse
Union Card: Gompers and Meany hear a different drummer
Perestroika and Modernization: Deng and Gorbachev repeal communism
The Party of Business: Blair redefines social democracy
Epilogue: The kibbutz goes to market
Appendices
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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