The Communist Experiment: Revolution, Socialism, and Global Conflict in the Twentieth Century

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January 9, 2007


Mixed media product, 216 pages


0072497440 / 9780072497441


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Part of the McGraw-Hill Explorations in World History Series, The Communist Experiment offers an accessible, comparative, and thematically complete treatment of the "communist experiment" based on the idea that communism represents a unique lens through which to view the history of the 20th century on a global scale. Because communism relates to many other events and forces of the world at that time--world war, fascism, the rise of the United States, decolonization, feminism, the rise of the Third World, revolution, and more--it provides an excellent pathway for understanding those developments and their effects throughout the world.

Table of contents

A Note from the Series Editors Chapter I: Communism in Context Communism as a Global Phenomenon Communism in World History Conclusion: Communism and the Twentieth Century Chapter II: Revolution and the Birth of Communism Why Revolution? The Collapse of Old Regimes: Russia The Collapse of Old Regimes: China Nine Months: The Bolsheviks and the Russian Revolution Thirty-eight Years: The Making of the Chinese Revolution Conclusion: Unexpectedness and Conjuncture Chapter III: Building Socialism Alone: Stalinism and the Soviet Experiment The First Socialist Society Stalinist Socialism The Search for Enemies: A Soviet Holocaust World War II and Beyond: Stalin's Final Years Conclusion: Explaining Stalinism Chapter IV: Mao's Path: Building Socialism in China Starting Points: Comparing China and the Soviet Union First Steps Toward Socialism: Following the Soviet Model Toward Socialism: Finding a Chinese Path Conclusion: Socialism and the Search for Enemies: Comparing the Soviet Union and China Chapter V: Communism in the Global Arena Standing Alone: The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1945 Europe Divided: The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1950 Communist Breakthroughs in Asia, 1949-1954 The Global Expansion of the Cold War, 1955-1985 The Cold War and the Nuclear Arms Race Dissension in the Communist World Conclusion: The Communist World in the 1970s Chapter VI: The End of the Communist Era The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union The Abandonment of Communism in China The Fate of Two Communisms The World and the End of the Communist Era Conclusion: The Communist World in a New Century: Shrunken and Diluted Epilogue: Communism and Reflections on History Understanding and Forgetting Intentions, Outcomes, and Surprises Making History Ambiguous Judgments Suggestions for Further Reading Notes Credits Index

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