In 1848, at a time when revolutions were sweeping across Europe, Karl Marx saw the publication of his Communist Manifesto. Writing at a time when working class people across the world were facing horrendous oppression at the hands of their rulers, Marx proposed a world where people would share wealth and responsibility for the support of their fellow beings. Unfortunately, the utopianism of Marx's ideas lost their cardinal virtues when they were eventually put in place by steely eyed revolutionaries such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Communism has a bloody history in the modern world, but it was originally grounded upon principles that appear quite humane. Here, in this title of the "Political Systems of the World" series, readers are given an in-depth look at the history, roots, and reality of communism as a form of government. Throughout this well-written and carefully researched book readers are offered a realistic glimpse at the costs of communist governance. In nations such as Cambodia, the Soviet Union, and China the vast destruction that led to communist takeovers and then were spawned by the selfsame leaders are haunting in their aspects. This is the fodder for this capably written book and as such it is of value for teaching political science. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Communismby Tom Lansford
Communism has had a dramatic rise and fall as a political system in the last century. Communism by Tom Lansford looks at the historic foots of this form of government, its political and economic components, how it compares with other types of government systems, and the likely reasons for its almost complete demise as a twenty-first century political system.
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