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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

“A work of considerable delicacy and nuance….Brown has crafted a readable and judicious account of Communist history…that is both controversial and commonsensical.”
—Salon.com

“Ranging wisely and lucidly across the decades and around the world, this is a splendid book.”
—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning

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“A work of considerable delicacy and nuance….Brown has crafted a readable and judicious account of Communist history…that is both controversial and commonsensical.”
—Salon.com

“Ranging wisely and lucidly across the decades and around the world, this is a splendid book.”
—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

The Rise and Fall of Communism is the definitive history from the internationally renowned Oxford authority on the subject. Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University, Archie Brown examines the origins of the most important political ideology of the 20th century, its development in different nations, its collapse in the Soviet Union following perestroika, and its current incarnations around the globe. Fans of John Lewis Gaddis, Samuel Huntington, and avid students of history will appreciate the sweep and insight of this epic and astonishing work.

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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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Rise and Fall of Communism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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