Communism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 20, 2009

byLeslie Holmes

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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 ofcommunist power and its future in today's world.

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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 thes...

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, P...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:September 20, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551545

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Table of Contents

1. The theory of communism2. A brief history of communism in power3. The political system of communism4. The economic system of communism5. The social structures of communism6. Communism's international allegiances7. The collapse of communist power and the future