192 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.48 in
August 4, 2005
Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0192804316
ISBN - 13: 9780192804310
About the Book
Today, most people think of socialism as an outdated ideology. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Newman seeks to place the idea of socialism in a modern context for today's readers. He explains socialist ideas in the framework of its historical evolution, from the French Revolution to the present day, and examines practical attempts to implement socialism.
Not just another history of socialist ideas, this book aims for a different approach that looks at practice as well as theory--centering on the contrast between Communism and Social Democracy. The relationship between socialism and notions of democracy, freedom, and equality is also discussed. Newman brings the subject entirely up to date by tackling contemporary forms of socialism. While the book's focus is on Europe and the Soviet Union, it is set in a broader geographical context. Newman's fresh approach to the subject enables the reader to re-evaluate socialism.
Table of Contents
1. Socialist traditions
2. Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy
3. New Lefts - enrichment and fragmentation
4. Socialism today and tomorrow
From the Publisher
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 Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century?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.
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