Adam Westoby has written an historical and critical account of world communism that traces its development from an obscure origin in the Bolshevik journal Iskra ("The Spark") to the most recent events in Russia, China, Poland and Latin America. Organized thermatically, the book discusses the formative phases of Lenin's Bolshevik Party and of subsequent communist parties; communism's spread, and its differing routes to power; the bases of independence of various communist parties and the deep divisions which have fractured world communism; the evolution of communist ideas and theories, the social and political character of communist states, and communist crisis and efforts at self-renewal.
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`The Evolution of Communism' forms a unique synthesis from the specialist literatures on twentieth century communism. Organized thematically, it discusses: the formative phases of Lenin's Bolshevik party and of subsequent communist parties; communism's spread, and its differing routes to power; the bases of communist parties' independence, and the deep divisions which have fractured world communism; the great variety of communisms and communists; the evolution of communist ideas and theories; the social character of communist states; communist crises and efforts at self-renewal. This book focusses on the variable, adaptive character of communist party organization, with its capacity to apply flexible policies and exploit widely different bases of support, and explores the connections between communism's methods when in quest of power and the distinctive character of communist states. Linking the mechanisms of communist rule to the structure of communist societies, it examines the long history of communist attempts at self-reform, culminating in the transformations now being overseen by Gorbachev in the Soviet bloc and Deng Xiaoping in China. `The Evolution of Communism' will be essential reading for students of politics and sociology. In addition, the book will be of interest to all those concerned with the nature and future of one of the most influential and powerful political forces of our times.About the Author:
Adam Westoby studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics, before working at the London School of Economics. He has researched and written on the social and economic effects of education, and on the history of communism, and is a founding member of the Polish Solidarity Campaign. His publications include`Communism since World War II' and the English edition of Bruno Rizzi's `The Bureaucratization of the World'
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Book Description Free Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0029345456
Book Description Free Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0029345456