The Rise and Fall of Communism

The Rise and Fall of Communism

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by Archie Brown
     
 

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

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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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