The Global Revolution: A History of International Communism 1917-1991 by Silvio PonsThe Global Revolution: A History of International Communism 1917-1991 by Silvio Pons

The Global Revolution: A History of International Communism 1917-1991

bySilvio Pons

Hardcover | September 28, 2014

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The Global Revolution. A History of International Communism 1917-1991 establishes a relationship between the history of communism and the main processes of globalization in the past century. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, Silvio Pons analyses the multifaceted and contradictoryrelationship between the Soviet Union and the international communist movement, to show how communism played a major part in the formation of our modern world.The volume presents the argument that during the age of wars from 1914 to 1945, the establishment of the Soviet state in Russia and the birth of the communist movement had an enormous impact because of their promise of world revolution and international civil war. Such perspective appeared even moreplausible in the aftermath of the Second World War and of revolution in China, which paved the way for the expansion of communism in the post-colonial world. Communism challenged the West in the Cold War - by means of anti-capitalist modernization and anti-imperialist mobilization - showing itselfto be a powerful factor in the politicization of global trends. However, the international legitimacy of communism declined rapidly in the post-war era. Soviet power exposed its inability to exercise hegemony, as distinct from domination. The consequences of Sovietization in Europe and the break between the Soviet Union and China were the primary reasons for the decline of communist influence and appeal. Since communism lost its political credibility and cultural cohesion, its global project had failed. The ground was prepared forthe devastating impact of Western globalization on communist regimes in Europe and the Soviet Union.
Silvio Pons is Professor of Contemporary History and East European History at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Director of the Gramsci Foundation in Rome. He is a member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Cold War Studies. His main research interests lie in the global history of communism and in Cold War history. His main ...
Title:The Global Revolution: A History of International Communism 1917-1991Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:September 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199657629

ISBN - 13:9780199657629


Table of Contents

Preface: War and RevolutionIntroduction1. The Revolution (1917-1923)2. The Era of the State (1924-1939)3. The War (1939-1945)4. The Empire (1945-1953)5. The Decline (1953-1968)6. The Crisis (1968-1991)Afterword: The end of communism in world historyBibliography