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 used to be absolutely the nice political circulation of the 20th century--at its height, greater than a 3rd of the world's inhabitants lived lower than communist rule--and it really is nonetheless a robust strength in lots of components of the area, such a lot particularly within the People's Republic of China. what's communism? the place did the assumption 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 at the back of its ideology, and analyzing the historical past and frame of mind in the back of its political, financial and social constructions, 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 interior dynamics, crises, and dying of communism as an international process, and introduces the most important avid gamers within the communist international, together with Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

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