Heaven on Earth The Rise and Fall of Socialism
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $17.95
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Joshua Muravchik lives in Maryland with his family.
|Prologue: Changing Faiths|
|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|
|Real Existing Socialism: Lenin seizes power|
|Fascism: Mussolini becomes a heretic|
|Social Democracy: Attlee takes the slow road|
|Ujamaa: Nyerere forges a synthesis|
|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|