The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century: A Global History through Sources by Glennys Young

The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century: A Global History through Sources

byGlennys Young

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Using a source-based approach, The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century is the first text designed to help students, general readers, and scholars understand how people constructed Communist ways of life around the world. Taking a global approach, it extends beyond Russia and EasternEurope to examine the lives of people in China, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, Peru, Cuba, and elsewhere. The book provides an inside look at the Communist experience, where people were - sometimes simultaneously so - enthusiasts, reshapers, resisters, and victims of an ideological project that was (and, for some, still is) both humanity's darkest nightmare and brightest hope. Since the collapse ofCommunist regimes beginning in 1989, vital questions - about how people subjectively experienced Communism, helped to shape it, and constructed an idea of "self" in such restrictive environments - have not lost their political significance. In fact, just the opposite holds true. The opening of manyformerly closed Communist archives has given scholars the opportunity to research the political significance that the construction of the self had across Communist regimes, polities, and movements. Incorporating the latest scholarship, The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century includespreviously unavailable documents, such as diaries and letters, which are now accessible as a result of the archival revolution. A photo essay, "Everyday Life and Everyday Things under Socialism, 1945-1989," uses visual evidence to explore everyday life across the Communist civilizations. A locatormap at the beginning of each chapter identifies the places associated with each of the sources, and a chronology provides a comparative timeline for Communist and world history.

About The Author

Glennys Young is Associate Professor of History and International Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Washington. She is the author of Power and the Sacred in Revolutionary Russia: Religious Activists in the Village (1997), which was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Hans Ro...

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Title:The Communist Experience in the Twentieth Century: A Global History through SourcesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195366905

ISBN - 13:9780195366907

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionList of MapsList of IllustrationsChronology: Twentieth-Century World History and the History of Communism1. Becoming a Communist2. Children of the Revolutions3. Varieties of Communist Subjects: Beyond the Ordinary4. Ideology and Self-Fashioning5. Contesting the Meaning of State Violence and Repression6. Everyday Life I: Work7. Everyday Life II: Space8. Everyday Life III: Are We Having Fun Yet? Entertainment, Sports, and TravelPhoto Essay9. Search for the Self and the Fall of Communism10. Taking Stock: Reckoning with Communism's PastsSuggestions for Further Reading, and Additional ResourcesIndex