By Leslie Holmes
If now in decline because the tumultuous occasions of 1989, communism used to be absolutely the good political stream of the 20th century--at its height, 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 particularly within the People's Republic of China.
What is communism? the place did the belief come from and what attracted humans to it? Is there a destiny for communism? This Very brief creation considers those questions and extra within the seek to discover and comprehend this debatable political force.
Explaining the speculation in the back of its ideology, and reading the historical past and mind-set in the back of its political, financial and social , 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 loss of life of communism as an international method, and introduces the key avid gamers within the communist international, together with Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.
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Communism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Leslie Holmes