Socialism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198836421

Michael Newman
200 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2020
Very Short Introductions
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  • Considers the major theories in socialism, and explores its historical evolution from the French Revolution to the present day
  • Considers the impact of New Left on such questions as feminism, green issues, and direct action
  • This edition includes a new chapter on alternative approaches to socialism in the 21st century, with a focus on both Latin America and Europe

What is socialism? Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century?
This Very Short Introduction considers the major theories in socialism, and explores its historical evolution from the French Revolution to the present day. Michael Newman argues that socialism has always been a diverse doctrine, while nevertheless containing a central core of interconnected values and goals: a critique of capitalism; an optimistic view of human beings; and the belief that it is possible to establish societies based on egalitarianism, social solidarity, and co-operation. In this new edition, he draws on case studies such as Cuba, Sweden, and Bolivia, to consider attempts to implement socialism in practice, before discussing New Left challenges to conventional notions of socialism on such questions as feminism, climate change, and direct action. Rejecting the widespread view that socialism is an out-dated doctrine, Newman argues that it remains ultimately relevant in today's world.


List of Illustrations
1:Socialist traditions
2:Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy
3:New Lefts - enrichment and fragmentation
4:Beyond the Dominant Orthodoxies
5:Socialism today and tomorrow
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About the author: 

Michael Newman, Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University
Michael Newman is an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University, where he was a Professor of Politics and held a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Studies. He currently teaches at New York University, London. Newman has published many works on socialism, Europe, peace and conflict. His most recent book is Transitional Justice: Contending with the Past (Polity Press, 2019).

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