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Communism : Seminar Studies (12 Edition)by Mark Sandle
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Communism is a concise introduction to one of the most important and influential movements of the 20th century. It explores the history of communism: how it emerged, why it rose to become one of the most influential political movements of the twentieth century and the reasons for its decline and fall.
In this new volume in the Seminar Studies series, Professor Mark Sandle shows how the modern conception of communism emerged out of radical millenarian movements in the Middle Ages and the English Civil War, becoming a mass movement of industrial society that sought to overturn capitalism and replace it with a society founded on equality, justice, harmony and co-operation. He goes on to trace the growth of modern communism from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the peak of its global power at the end of the Second World War.
This comprehensive new history investigates:
· how communism operated in practice
· the reasons for the ultimate failure of communism both as political ideology and as political movement.
· how far the failings of communism has been used to conceal the failings of capitalism.
This book covers communism across time and across continents and contains a selection of key documents, maps and images. It is ideal for courses in both history and politics, and for anyone wishing to learn more about a movement which is central to our understanding of the 20th century world.
Mark Sandle is Professor of History at the Kings University College, in Edmonton, Alberta. He previously worked in the UK. He has published and written widely on Russian and Soviet history including Gorbachev (2008) and A Short History of Soviet Socialism (1999).
Why did communism grow so quickly? Why did it spread to turn almost half of the world red by the mid-1970s? What impact did it have upon capitalism and capitalist society?
Communism is a concise introduction to one of the most important and influential movements of the 20th century. It shows how the modern communist movement emerged out of radical millenarian movements of the Middle Ages and the English Civil War, becoming a mass movement of industrial society, seeking to overturn capitalism and replace it with a society of equality, justice, harmony and co-operation. It traces the growth of modern communism from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to its position of global power at the end of the Second World War.
Mark Sandle investigates the ultimate failure of communism as a political ideology, and concludes by asking how far the historical record of communism has been used to conceal the historical record of capitalism.
Ideal for courses in both History and Politics.
This new edition of Sandles popular introduction to the history of communism provides a concise introduction to one of the most important and influential movements of the 20th century, and is now available in the Seminar Studies format with added primary source material.
About the Author
Mark Sandle is Professor of History at The King's University College, Canada. His previous publications include A Short History of Soviet Socialism (1999) and Brezhnev Reconsidered (2002) and Gorbachev (2008).
Table of Contents
PART ONE: ANALYSIS
1. A Short Introduction
1.1: What is Communism?
1.2: Communism: The Early Years
2. The Rise of “Modern” Communism
2.2 The Emergence of Communism and Socialism after 1789
2.3 1848: Revolution and the Communist Manifesto
2.4 Marx and Engels on socialism and communism
2.5 The Evolution of the Communist Movement 1850 - 1915
2.6 Conclusion: Communism Before Power
3. Communism in the USSR: The Early Years 1917-53
3.2 The Bolshevik Understanding of Communism
3.3 Exporting Communism: Comintern and the Third International
3.4 Building Communism: Politics, Economics, Society in the USSR 1917 - 53
4. The Rise of Global Communism 1945 - 82
4.2 “Communisms” in Eastern Europe
4.3 Red Star in The East: China
4.4 Communism in Asia: Nationalism, Communism and Anti-colonialism
4.5 Cuba and Latin America
4.7 Communism in the Developed World
4.8 Conclusion: Communism Across the Globe 1945 - 1982
5. Living Under/With/For Communism
5.1 Ideology/Reality Gap
5.2 Material Life
5.6 Fertility and Contraception
5.8 Equality and Inequality
5.9 Education, Upbringing, Spirituality
5.11 Living between dissent and support: the conditional loyalty of communist citizens
6. The Decline and Fall Communism
6.2 The Crisis of Faith 1953-91
6.3 The Crisis of the Communist System 1953 - 1991
6.4 The End is Nigh!
7.1 Reflection One: Why did communism fall/collapse/was overthrown? Mind the Gap!
7.2 Reflection Two: How will history judge communism?
7.3 Reflection Three: The Future of Communism?
PART TWO: Documents
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