The Rise and Fall of Communism

The Rise and Fall of Communism

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by Archie Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0061138797

ISBN-13: 9780061138799

Pub. Date: 06/09/2009

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a definitive and ground-breaking account of the revolutionary ideology that changed the modern world.

The inexorable rise of Communism was the most momentous political phenomenon of the first half of the twentieth century. Its demise in Europe and its decline

Overview

Published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a definitive and ground-breaking account of the revolutionary ideology that changed the modern world.

The inexorable rise of Communism was the most momentous political phenomenon of the first half of the twentieth century. Its demise in Europe and its decline elsewhere have produced the most profound political changes of the last few decades. In this illuminating book, based on forty years of study and a wealth of new sources, Archie Brown provides a comprehensive history as well as an original and highly readable analysis of an ideology that has shaped the world and still rules over a fifth of humanity.

A compelling new work from an internationally renowned specialist, The Rise and Fall of Communism promises to be the definitive study of the most remarkable political and human story of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061138799
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Names
Glossary and Abbreviations
 
Introduction

PART ONE:
Origins and Development
1. The Idea of Communism
2. Communism and Socialism - the Early Years
3. The Russian Revolutions and Civil War
4. 'Building Socialism': Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-40
5. International Communism between the Two World Wars
6. What Do We Mean by a Communist System?

PART TWO:
Communism Ascendant
7. The Appeals of Communism
8. Communism and the Second World War
9. The Communist Takeovers in Europe - Indigenous Paths
10. The Communist Takeovers in Europe - Soviet Impositions
11. The Communists Take Power in China
12. Post-War Stalinism and the Break with Yugoslavia

PART THREE:
Surviving without Stalin
13. Khrushchev and the Twentieth Party Congress
14. Zig-zags on the Road to 'communism'
15. Revisionism and Revolution in Eastern Europe
16. Cuba: A Caribbean Communist State
17. China: From the 'Hundred Flowers' to 'Cultural Revolution'
18. Communism in Asia and Africa
19. The 'Prague Spring'
20. 'The Era of Stagnation': The Soviet Union under Brezhnev

PART FOUR:
Pluralizing Pressures
21. The Challenge from Poland: John Paul II, Lech Walesa, and the Rise of Solidarity
22. Reform in China: Deng Xiaoping and After
23. The Challenge of the West

PART FIVE:
Interpreting the Fall of Communism
24. Gorbachev, Perestroika, and the Attempt to Reform Communism, 1985-87
25. The Dismantling of Soviet Communism, 1988-89
26. The End of Communism in Europe
27. The Break-up of the Soviet State
28. Why Did Communism Last so Long?
29. What Caused the Collapse of Communism?
30. What's Left of Communism?

Acknowledgements
Notes and Sources
Picture Credits
Index

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Mr. Brown puts together a deep perspective on the Communist phenomena touching on the writings of Marx and Engles in the nineteenth century and those who were precursors of the "founding fathers"; loosely like Locke's influence on America's "Founding Fathers". Obviously the prime focus is in the twentieth century but also somewhat in this past decade. Although the author looks at the final five survivors of Communism (Cuba, China, North Korea, Viet Nam and Laos) and their attempts for footholds in Africa and the Caribbean, the tome mostly focuses on the Soviet Union and the Eastern Europe Bloc behind the Iron Curtain, which Mr. Brown admits has been his major area of study. The insight into the Gorbachev-Yeltsin transition period is especially powerful and enlightening as Mr. Brown insists that Gorbachev's reforms led to unintended consequences for the party and the empire. In every case except for the rather short Prague Spring, Trotsky's theory of the party substituting for the workers always led to harsh dictatorships and usually to internal power struggles especially when change at the top occurred. Well written throughout the large volume, the conclusions are profound based on solid arguments; for instance the surviving nations all claim the purest form of communism, as each governs differently and that the utopian socialist workers' state has never been attained. However, once again it is the fall of the Iron Curtain that is the most insightful section of a fascinating look at THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMUNISM. Harriet Klausner