Communism: A Very Short Introduction

By Leslie Holmes

If now in decline because the tumultuous occasions of 1989, communism was once absolutely the good political move of the 20 th century--at its top, greater than a 3rd of the world's inhabitants lived less than communist rule--and it truly is nonetheless a strong strength in lots of parts of the realm, such a lot significantly 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 debatable political strength. Explaining the speculation at the back of its ideology, and interpreting the heritage and mind-set at the back of its political, fiscal 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 interior dynamics, crises, and dying of communism as an international method, and introduces the main gamers within the communist global, together with Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

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