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Messages from Georg Simmel (Studies in Critical Social Sciences)
Messages from Georg Simmel (Studies in Critical Social Sciences)
by Horst J. Helle
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As the founder of the humanist version of sociology, Georg Simmel sent powerful messages about the discipline. His key ideas—that reality is socially constructed, changes over time, and rarely is as it appears—are critically re-examined with an... (read more)

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Marx's Wage Theory in Historical Perspective: Its Origins, Development, and Interpretation
Marx's Wage Theory in Historical Perspective: Its Origins, Development, and Interpretation
by Kenneth Lapides
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Kenneth Lapides has plumbed Marx's extensive political economy, writing to present the first-ever full, consolidated statement of Marx's wage theory. Marx's Wage Theory in Historical Perspective is faithful to Marx's formulations, with frequent excerpts... (read more)

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A Short History of Communism
A Short History of Communism
by Robert Harvey
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Today global communism seems just a terrible memory, an expressionist nightmare as horrific as Nazism and the Holocaust, or the slaughter in the First World War. Was it only just over a decade ago that stone-faced old men were still presiding over... (read more)

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Wage-Labour and Capital
Wage-Labour and Capital
by Karl Marx
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This volume contains an English translation of Karl Marx's influential essay.... (read more)

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Subversive Institutions: The Design and Destruction of Socialism and the State (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)
Subversive Institutions: The Design and Destruction of Socialism and the State (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)
by Valerie Bunce
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The collapse of socialist dictatorships in Europe from 1989 to 1992.... (read more)

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The Strange Death of Soviet Communism: A PostScript
The Strange Death of Soviet Communism: A PostScript
by Nikolas K. Gvosdev
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The collapse of communism marked the close of an era of world history. What took place in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1991, in the eyes of its proponents, constituted a great experiment in the application of new modes of organization to social life,... (read more)

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The Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in North America and Europe
The Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in North America and Europe
by Peter Andreas
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Even as economic and military walls have come down in the post-Cold War era, states have rapidly built new barriers to prevent a perceived invasion of undesirables. Nowhere is this more dramatically evident than along the geographic fault lines dividing... (read more)

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New Directions in Information Management, #5: The Practical Revolutionaries: A New Interpretation of the French Anarchosyndicalists
New Directions in Information Management, #5: The Practical Revolutionaries: A New Interpretation of the French Anarchosyndicalists
by Barbara Mitchell
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Until recently, historians and political analysts have tended to dismiss French revolutionary syndicalism as a movement whose influence was either negative or ineffectual. This study of French anarchosyndicalism represents a departure from traditional... (read more)

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Karl Marx Dictionary
Karl Marx Dictionary
by Morris Stockhammer
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Karl Marx was the father of communism. Marx's philosophy hinges on his view of human nature. Along with the Hegelian dialectic, Marx inherited a disdain for the notion of an underlying invariant human nature. Sometimes Marxists express their views by... (read more)

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Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist
Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist
by Chaim Leib Weinberg
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This story, told by one colorful figure among the anarchists of Philadelphia, does not tell the entire story of the city's movement, nor does one man's experience with anarchism present the long and dramatic saga of the idea and its believers. The... (read more)

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Historical Materialism Book #22: Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology II
Historical Materialism Book #22: Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology II
by Roland Boer
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Criticism of Religion asks why and how some of the leading Marxist critics deal with the question of religion and theology. It offers a spirited critical commentary on the work of Lucien Goldmann, Fredric Jameson, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Kautsky, Julia... (read more)

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Power and the Idealists: Or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer, and Its Aftermath
Power and the Idealists: Or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer, and Its Aftermath
by Paul Berman
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In January 2001, a scandal erupted when a series of photos from 1968 emerged showing German foreign minister Joschka Fischer and a group of leftist street toughs assaulting a cop. Paul Berman, one of the leading essayists and intellectual historians of... (read more)

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The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
by Stephane Courtois
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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... (read more)

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Class Struggle in Africa
Class Struggle in Africa
by Kwame Nkrumah
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Recent African history has exposed the close links between the interests of imperialism and neo-colonialism and the African bourgeoisie. This book reveals the nature and extent of the class struggle in Africa, and sets it in the broad context of the... (read more)

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Vietnam: Anatomy of a Peace
Vietnam: Anatomy of a Peace
by Gabriel Kolko
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Vietnam has experienced huge political and economic development since the war. In Anatomy of a Peace, Gabriel Kolko looks at the main economic phases the Communist Party has embarked upon since 1986 and outlines the transition to nascent capitalism. He... (read more)

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Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower
Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower
by Sergei Khrushchev
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More is known about Nikita Khrushchev than about many former Soviet leaders, partly because of his own efforts to communicate through speeches, interviews, and memoirs. (A partial version of his memoirs was published in three volumes in 1970, 1974, and... (read more)

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Communism Day-To-Day: State Enterprises in East German Society (Social History, Popular Culture, & Politics in Germany)
Communism Day-To-Day: State Enterprises in East German Society (Social History, Popular Culture, & Politics in Germany)
by Sandrine Kott
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First published in France in 2001 by Éditions Belin under the title Le communisme au quotidien, Sandrine Kotts book examines how East German businesses and government carried out communist practices on a daily basis and how citizens and... (read more)

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The Killing Fields of Inequality
The Killing Fields of Inequality
by Gran Therborn
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Inequality is not just about the size of our wallets. It is a socio-cultural order which, for most of us, reduces our capabilities to function as human beings, our health, our dignity, our sense of self, as well as our resources to act and participate in... (read more)

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100 Things You Should Know about Communism in the U.S.A.: A 6-Part Series by the House Committee on Un-American Activities
100 Things You Should Know about Communism in the U.S.A.: A 6-Part Series by the House Committee on Un-American Activities
by On Committee On Un-american Activities
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This volume collects 6 "Red Scare" propaganda pamphlets released by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives. Included are: "100 Things You Should Know About Communism in the U.S.A.," "100 Things You Should Know About... (read more)

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Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe
Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe
by Paul G. Lewis
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Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe is the first textbook to survey the course of party developments in eastern Europe as a whole in the post-Communist period. This book relates the specifics of the post-communist situation to the broader... (read more)

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