Communism: A Very Short Introduction

Communism: A Very Short Introduction

Communism: A Very Short Introduction

Leslie Holmes


If now in decline because the tumultuous occasions of 1989, communism was once absolutely the good political circulation of the 20 th century--at its top, greater than a 3rd of the world's inhabitants lived less than communist rule--and it's nonetheless a robust strength in lots of parts of the area, such a lot particularly within the People's Republic of China. what's communism? the place did the belief come from and what attracted humans to it? Is there a destiny for communism? This Very brief Introduction considers those questions and extra within the seek to discover and comprehend this arguable political strength. Explaining the speculation in the back of its ideology, and interpreting the historical past and frame of mind in the back of its political, monetary and social buildings, Leslie Holmes considers the evolution of communism from Marx's time, to its perform within the Bolshevik Revolution, to its cave in in 1989-91. Holmes highlights the internal dynamics, crises, and death of communism as an international procedure, and introduces the key avid gamers within the communist international, together with Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

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