British and American Anti-Communism before the Cold War

British and American Anti-Communism before the Cold War

by Markku Ruotsila
     
 

"British and American Anticommunism before the Cold War contextualizes anticommunism with contemporary movements towards social reform and international organization, and demonstrates the centrality of anticommunist thought to some of the major policy projects of the twentieth century. However, the work also reveals the deep divides within the liberal, socialist and…  See more details below

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"British and American Anticommunism before the Cold War contextualizes anticommunism with contemporary movements towards social reform and international organization, and demonstrates the centrality of anticommunist thought to some of the major policy projects of the twentieth century. However, the work also reveals the deep divides within the liberal, socialist and conservative parts of the anticommunist movement. The author claims that these ideological divisions are important explanations for the Cold War itself - that it was as much a struggle within the broad anticommunist community as it was of the West against the Soviet Union."--BOOK JACKET.

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Ruotsila (a researcher at the U. of Tampere, Finland) offers a comparative history of the socialist, liberal, and conservative strands of Anglo-American anti-Communist thought prior to the Cold War. He contextualizes anti-Communism with contemporary movements toward social reform and international organization, shows how liberal and socialist forms of anti-Communism were dominant Anglo-American trends in the 50 years before the Cold War began, and were carried over into the post-1945 period essentially unchanged. He also finds that during that time, a more conservative anti-Communism developed, directed as much against Western liberalism as against Soviet communism. The book is distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714651606
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Cold War History Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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