This innovative analysis of Soviet Communism offers a fresh perspective on the Soviet Union's role in world politics by paying particular attention to the influence of Soviet ideology and the balance of power on different regions of the world, including the West, the Third World, and the East European Soviet bloc. A central theme of the book is the diverse effects nationalism had on the Soviet Union, which the author argues not only played an important and often overlooked part in shaping Bolshevik policy but also contributed to the demise of Soviet Communism and the collapse of the USSR.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction.- 2. The October Revolution, and the Rise and Demise of Soviet Communism.- 3. Soviet Ideology and Theories of Soviet Communism.- 4. Soviet Communism and the International Communist Movement.- 5. Soviet Communism and the Third World.- 6. Soviet Communism and the West.- 7. Soviet Communism and the National Question.- 8. Soviet Communism and International Security.- 9. Conclusions.
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[C]omprehensively documented, conceptually bold and persuasively argued… [it] succeeds in grasping the many intricacies and ramifications of the Soviet Union as a political, economic, social and cultural configuration … In this morally intelligent book, Shearman succeeds admirably in explaining how Leninism's originally heroic ethos turned into an abysmally mendacious justification for appalling mass crimes.' – Vladimir Tismaneanu, International Affairs