The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism

Hardcover | January 29, 2014

EditorS. A. Smith

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The impact of Communism on the twentieth century was massive, equal to that of the two world wars. Until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, historians knew relatively little about the secretive world of communist states and parties. Since then, the opening of state, party, and diplomaticarchives of the former Eastern Bloc has released a flood of new documentation. The thirty-five essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of scholars, draw on this new material to offer a global history of communism in the twentieth century.In contrast to many histories that concentrate on the Soviet Union, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism is genuinely global in its coverage, paying particular attention to the Chinese Revolution. It is "global", too, in the sense that the essays seek to integrate history "from above" and"from below", to trace the complex mediations between state and society, and to explore the social and cultural as well as the political and economic realities that shaped the lives of citizens fated to live under communist rule. The essays reflect on the similarities and differences betweencommunist states in order to situate them in their socio-political and cultural contexts and to capture their changing nature over time. Where appropriate, they also reflect on how the fortunes of international communism were shaped by the wider economic, political, and cultural forces of thecapitalist world. The Handbook provides an informative introduction for those new to the field and a comprehensive overview of the current state of scholarship for those seeking to deepen their understanding.

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The impact of Communism on the twentieth century was massive, equal to that of the two world wars. Until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, historians knew relatively little about the secretive world of communist states and parties. Since then, the opening of state, party, and diplomaticarchives of the former Eastern Bloc has releas...

S. A. Smith is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He was a graduate student at Moscow State University and Peking University in the late 1970s and early 1980s and taught for many years at the University of Essex. More recently, he was professor of comparative history at the European University Instit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:January 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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S. A. Smith: Towards a Global History of CommunismPART 1: IDEOLOGY1. Paresh Chattopadhyay: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels on Communism2. Lars T. Lih: Lenin and Bolshevism3. Kevin McDermott: Stalin and Stalinism4. Timothy Cheek: Mao and MaoismPART 2: GLOBAL MOMENTS5. Jean-Francois Fayet: 19196. Tim Rees: 19367. Sergei Radchenko: 19568. Maud Anne Bracke: 19689. Matthias Middell: 1989PART 3: GLOBAL COMMUNISM10. Alexander Vatlin and S. A. Smith: The Comintern11. Pavel Kolar: Communism in Eastern, Central, and South-Eastern Europe12. Yang Kuisong and S. A. Smith: Communism in China13. Anna Belogurova: Communism in Southeast Asia14. Mike Gonzalez: Communism in Latin America15. Anne Alexander: Communism in the Islamic World16. Allison Drew: Communism in AfricaPART 4: COMMUNIST POLITIES AND ECONOMIES17. Balazs Szalontai: Political and Economic Relations between Communist States18. Geoff Roberts: Communism and the Peace Movement19. Daniel Leese: Rituals of Power20. Julia Strauss: Communism and Political Terror21. Sheila Fitzpatrick: Popular Opinion under Communist Regimes22. Mark Harrison: Communism and Economic Modernization23. Felix Wemheuer: Collectivization and Famine24. Paul Betts: Consumption in Communist SocietiesPART 5: COMMUNISM AND SOCIAL RELATIONS25. Marco Albeltaro: The Life of a Communist Militant26. Jeremy Brown: Rural Lives in Communist Societies27. Tuong Vu: Industrial Work in Communist Societies28. Donna Harsch: Women in Communist Societies29. Don Filtzer: Privilege and Inequality in Communist Societies30. Adrienne Lynn Edgar: Nation-Building and National Conflict in Communist SocietiesPART 6: COMMUNISM AND CULTURE31. Richard King: Socialist Cultural Production32. Mark Gamsa: Communism and the Artistic Intelligentsia33. Dean Vuletic: Communism and Popular Culture34. Richard Madsen: Communism and Religion35. Robert Edelman, Anke Hilbrenner, and Susan Brownell: Communism and Sport