Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
  1. $18.90 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Quick

    Lauren Owen 9780812993271

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$69.50
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
3 Local Warehouse Politics- Leftist Studies

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

by

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience--in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin's destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao's Red Guards.

As the death toll mounts--as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on--the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

This international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. The authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

Description:

"Select bibliography for Asia"--642-644. Includes bibliographical references (p. 759-821) and index.

About the Author

Stéphane Courtois is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, and editor of the journal Communisme.Nicolas Werth is a researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History.Jean-Louis Panné collaborated on the Dictionnaire biographique du mouvement ouvrier français.Andrzej Paczkowski is Deputy Director and a professor at the Institute for Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.Karel Bartošek is acting head of research at CNRS and the editor of the journal La nouvelle alternative.Jean-Louis Margolin is a lecturer in history and coordinator of lectures at the University of Provence and a researcher at the Research Institute on Southeast Asia of CNRS.

Program Director, Davis Ctr. for Russian Studies, Harvard

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: The Uses of Atrocity Martin Malia
  • Introduction: The Crimes of Communism Stéphane Courtois

I. A State against Its People: Violence, Repression, and Terror in the Soviet Union Nicolas Werth

  1. Paradoxes and Misunderstandings Surrounding the October Revolution
  2. The Iron Fist of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
  3. The Red Terror
  4. The Dirty War
  5. From Tambov to the Great Famine
  6. From the Truce to the Great Turning Point
  7. Forced Collectivization and Dekulakization
  8. The Great Famine
  9. Socially Foreign Elements and the Cycles of Repression
  10. The Great Terror (1936 -1938)
  11. The Empire of the Camps
  12. The Other Side of Victory
  13. Apogee and Crisis in the Gulag System
  14. The Last Conspiracy
  15. The Exit from Stalinism
  16. Conclusion

    II. Word Revolution, Civil War, and Terror Stéphane Courtois, Jean-Louis Panné, and Rémi Kauffer

  17. The Comintern in Action Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné
  18. The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné
  19. Communism and Terrorism Rémi Kauffer
  20. III. The Other Europe: Victim of Communism Andrzej Paczkowski and Karel Bartoek

  21. Poland, the "Enemy Nation" Andrzej Paczkowski
  22. Central and Southeastern Europe Karel Bartoek
  23. IV. Communism in Asia: Between Reeducation and Massacre Jean-Louis Margolin and Pierre Rigoulot

    Introduction

  24. China: A Long March into Night Jean-Louis Margolin
  25. Crimes, Terror, and Secrecy in North Korea Pierre Rigoulot
  26. Vietnam and Laos: The Impasse of War Communism Jean-Louis Margolin
  27. Cambodia: The Country of Disconcerting Crimes Jean-Louis Margolin
  28. Conclusion

    Select Bibliography for Asia

    V. The Third World Pascal Fontaine, Yves Santamaria, and Sylvain Boulouque

  29. Communism in Latin America Pascal Fontaine
  30. Afrocommunism: Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique Yves Santamaria
  31. Communism in Afghanistan Sylvain Boulouque
  32. Conclusion: Why? Stéphane Courtois

  • Notes
  • Index
  • About the Authors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674076082
Courtois, Stephane:
Courtois, Stephane
Kramer, Mark:
Bartosek, Karel
Author:
Barto
Author:
rphy, Jonathan
Author:
Courtois, Stephane
Author:
Kramer, Mark
Author:
ek, Karel
Author:
, Jean-Louis
Author:
Werth, Nicolas
Author:
S
Author:
Mu
Author:
Pan, N.
Author:
Panné, Jean-Louis
Author:
Dr. Mark Kramer
Author:
eacute
Author:
Bartosek, Karel
Author:
Karel Barto
Author:
Jean-Louis Pann
Author:
Courtois, St
Author:
Murphy, Jonathan
Author:
E.K.
Author:
&
Author:
phane Courtois
Author:
St
Author:
phane
Author:
Margolin, Jean-Louis
Author:
Paczkowski, Andrzej
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Political persecution
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics-Leftist Studies
Subject:
History - World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
239
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
78 halftones, 6 maps
Pages:
912
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 49 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Why Bother?: Getting a Life in a... New Trade Paper $12.75
  2. Covert cadre :inside the Institute... Used Hardcover $6.95
  3. Bukharin and the Bolshevik... New Trade Paper $32.25
  4. The Passing of an Illusion: The Idea... Used Trade Paper $17.00
  5. Bribes Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$69.50 In Stock
Product details 912 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674076082 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. The authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.