Socialism: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview


Today, most people think of socialism as an outdated ideology. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Newman seeks to place the idea of socialism in a modern context for today's readers. He explains socialist ideas in the framework of its historical evolution, from the French Revolution to the present day, and examines practical attempts to implement socialism.

Not just another history of socialist ideas, this book aims for a different approach that looks at practice as well as theory--centering on the contrast between Communism and Social Democracy. The relationship between socialism and notions of democracy, freedom, and equality is also discussed. Newman brings the subject entirely up to date by tackling contemporary forms of socialism. While the book's focus is on Europe and the Soviet Union, it is set in a broader geographical context. Newman's fresh approach to the subject enables the reader to re-evaluate socialism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804310
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 621,346
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Newman is Director of the London European Research Center Faculty of Humanities and Teacher Education at the University of North London. He is the author of Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union, Harold Laski--A Political Biography, and Socialism and European Unity.

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Table of Contents

1 Socialist traditions 6
2 Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy 47
3 New lefts - enrichment and fragmentation 84
4 Socialism today and tomorrow 117
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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Good background

    I'm not sure what to make of Michael Newman's description of Socialism. He is supposed to be coming from a Socialist perspective but at times it was really kind of depressing. I wish the book were more of the last chapters and less of the first. It was a bit dry but I'm not sure that is avoidable. Overall, I'm glad I read it. I learned a few things and well, that is the point after all.

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