Communism

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Systems of Government examines the five major forms of government in the world today. Each book reveals the inner workings of one form of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's turbulent current affairs. Readers will learn how these governments function internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions, and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic ...

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Overview

Systems of Government examines the five major forms of government in the world today. Each book reveals the inner workings of one form of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's turbulent current affairs. Readers will learn how these governments function internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions, and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic political systems.

Each book features fact boxes, timelines, and carefully chosen images that complement informative text that is packed with case studies and firsthand accounts. Voting Booth panels invite readers to consider thorny issues, both historical and current, and to form their own opinions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
"Workers of the world unite—you have nothing to lose but your chains." Writing during the brutal implementation of the Industrial Revolution, Karl Marx penned these thoughts in response to his in-depth study of capitalism through the lens of dialectical materialism. In this title from the "Systems of Government" series readers are given a look both backward and forward in this area of political science. Communism was originally conceived by its progenitors as a natural evolution in human history. For Marx and his supporters, communism was to be a progression in human social development beyond the perceived base selfishness of capitalism to a more communal world. In this communal world support would flow to individuals not from their pursuit of profit but rather "from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs." Sadly, as Connolly points out in this insightful introductory work, communism has not materialized in the way Marx would have projected. In this well researched and illustrated work readers will learn about not only the good intentions behind this philosophy but also the, generally dictatorial, real life manifestations of it in human history. One need only conjure up leaders such as Stalin and Mao to realize that communism in operation was a far cry from what its philosophical originators intended it to be. This is a valuable lesson for youngsters to learn and one that is well taught in this informative book. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599208022
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Systems of Government Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is Communism? 4

A Permanent Revolution? 6

Seizing Control 10

Power to the People? 14

The Business of Government 18

Staying in Power 22

Sharing the Reins 26

The Wider World 31

Communism and the Media 35

Where Did It Go Wrong? 39

Looking Ahead 43

Glossary 46

Books and Websites 47

Index 48

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