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Communism: A Very Short Introduction [#208:
Communism: A Very Short Introduction [#208:
  • Considers the theory of communism from Marx's time to its practice in the Bolshevik Revolution, and its collapse in 1989-91
  • Highlights the inner dynamics, crises and demise of communism as a global system
  • Introduces the major players in communist theory including Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao
  • Analyses some of the common misperceptions of communism and reveals the truth behind true communist thought

The collapse of communism was one of the most defining moments of the twentieth century. At its peak, more than a third of the world's population had lived under communist power. 
What is communism? Where did the idea come from and what attracted people to it? What is the future for communism?
This Very Short Introduction considers these questions and more in the search to explore and understand communism. Explaining the theory behind its ideology, and examining the history and mindset behind its political, economic and social structures, Leslie Holmes examines the highs and lows of communist power and its future in today's world.


1: The theory of communism
2: A brief history of communism in power
3: The political system of communism
4: The economic system of communism
5: The social structures of communism
6: Communism's international allegiances
7: The collapse of communist power and the future

About the author: 

Leslie Holmes is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. He has researched communism and post-communism for almost forty years. He is the author of The Policy Process in Communist States, Politics in the Communist World, The End of Communist Power, Post-Communism, and Rotten States?.

"Very readable and with its wealth of detail a most valuable reference book." - Gwyn Griffiths, Morning Star

Product details

ISBN : 9780199551545

Leslie Holmes
176 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Aug 2009
Very Short Introductions
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Communism: A Very Short Introduction [#208:

Communism: A Very Short Introduction [#208:

Communism: A Very Short Introduction [#208: