A Short History of Communism

Book by Robert Harvey

  • Published: Sep 21, 2020

Today global communism seems just a terrible memory, an expressionist nightmare as horrific as Nazism and the Holocaust, or the slaughter in the First World War. Was it only just over a decade ago that stone-faced old men were still presiding over... read more

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Exact title of the book
A Short History of Communism
Book author
Robert Harvey
ISBN
9781466888074
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Dec 23, 2014
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
480
File size (in PDF)
4320 kB

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Today global communism seems just a terrible memory, an expressionist nightmare as horrific as Nazism and the Holocaust, or the slaughter in the First World War. Was it only just over a decade ago that stone-faced old men were still presiding over "workers" paradises in the name of "the people" while hundreds of millions endured grinding poverty under a system of mind-controlling servitude which did not hesitate to murder and imprison whole populations in the cause of "progress"? Or that the world seemed under threat from revolutionary hordes engulfing one country after another, backed by a vast military machine and the threat of nuclear annihilation?

In the 1970s, with the fall of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the march of Marxism-Leninism across the world seemed irresistible. Less than two decades later the experiment had collapsed, leaving perhaps 100 million dead, as well as economic devastation spanning continents. Even China now increasingly embraces free market economics.

Only in a few backwaters does communism endure, as obsolete as rust-belt industry. This book is the first global narrative history of that defining human experience. It weighs up the balance sheet why did communism occur largely in countries wrenched from feudalism or colonialism to twentieth-century modernism, rather than-as Marx had predicted-in developed countries groaning under the weight of a parasitic middle class?

Were coercion and state planning in fact the only way forward for backward countries? What was the explanation for its appeal - not least among many highly intelligent observers in the West? Why did it grow so fast, and collapse with such startling suddenness?

A Short History of Communism sets out the whole epic story for the first time, a panorama of human idealism, cruelty, suffering and courage, and provides an intriguing new analysis.

About author

Harvey is a former British MP who spent nine years on the foreign staff of The Economist, where he became assistant editor. He is the author of several books, including Clive The Life and Death of a British Emperor and A Short History of Communism. He lives in Powys, Wales and London.

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