Communism A History

ISBN-10: 0812968646

ISBN-13: 9780812968644

Edition: 2003

Authors: Richard Pipes

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With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human society ever attempted by a nation-state. This is the story of how the agitation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, two mid-nineteenth-century European thinkers and writers, led to a great and terrible world religion that brought down a mighty empire, consumed the world in conflict, and left in its wake a devastation whose full costs can only now be tabulated.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506

Richard Pipes, Baird Research Professor of History at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and essays. In 1981-82 he served as President Reagan's National Security Council adviser on Soviet and East European affairs. He has twice received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chesham, New Hampshire.

Communist Theory and Program
Historical antecedents
Marx and Engels
Failed expectations of Marxists
The Second International and its collapse
Russia's revolutionary tradition
Lenin's dictatorship
Failure of "War Communism"
Exporting revolution
Stalin and After
Stalin takes charge
Industrialization and collectivization
The Great Terror
Stalin exploits Russian nationalism
Stalin as Lenin's natural heir
World War II
Decay and collapse
Reception in the West
The Comintern
Western Communists and fellow travelers
Communism and Nazism
Stalin's dual foreign policy
The Cold War
Post--World War II Communism in the West
The Third World
Common features
Comintern promotes alliances with nationalists
Mao and Maoism
Post-Stalinist Soviet policy in the Third World
China's "Great Leap Forward" and "Cultural Revolution"
Pol Pot's Cambodia
Allende's Chile
Castro's Cuba
Mengistu's Ethiopia
Looking Back
Inherent contradictions of Communism as cause of its repeated failures
Role of ideology
The costs of Communism
Suggestions for Further Reading
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