Socialism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192804310

Michael Newman
192 Pages
112 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jul 2005
Very Short Introductions


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  • Offers a combined historical and practical perspective on socialism
  • Brings subject entirely up to date by examining contemporary forms of socialism
  • Provides an optimistic view of socialism and how it might succeed in the future

What is socialism? Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century?
Michael Newman examines and explains the successes and failures of modern socialism by taking an international perspective — ranging from communism in Cuba to social democracy in Sweden. Discussing its evolution from the industrial towns of the 19th century to its response to the feminist, green, and anti-capitalist movements today, Newman concludes that, with its values of equality, solidarity, and cooperation, socialism remains as relevant as ever but that it needs to learn lessons from the past. 


1: Socialist traditions
2: Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy
3: New Lefts - enrichment and fragmentation
4: Socialism today and tomorrow
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About the author: 

Michael Newman is Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University, where he is also Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies and Director of the London European Research Centre. His previous publications include Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press) and Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (Hurst).

"well written and enjoyable to read." - Giles Bentley, Socialist Review

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