Month: September 2016

  • Comrades!: A History of World Communism

    By Robert Service

    Virtually twenty years after the cave in of communism in japanese Europe and the USSR, prime historian Robert Service examines the background of communism in the course of the global. Comrades! strikes from Marx and Lenin to Mao and Castro and past to track communism from its beginnings to the current day. providing shiny graphics of the protagonists and decisive occasions in communist background, provider appears not just on the excessive politics of communist regimes but additionally on the social stipulations that led thousands to help communism in such a lot of international locations. After outlining communism’s origins with Marx and Engels and its first luck with Lenin and the Russian Revolution in 1917, provider examines the Soviet bloc, long-lasting regimes like Yugoslavia and Cuba, the chinese language revolution, the unfold of communism in Asia, Africa, and Latin the United States, and the overseas hyperlinks one of the thousands of events. He covers communism’s association and beliefs in addition to its basic allure. He appears to be like at abortive communist revolutions and on the ineffectual events within the usa and in other places. carrier deals a human view of the tale in addition to an international research. His uncomfortable conclusion―and a massive message for the twenty-first century―is that even if communism in its unique shape is now demise or lifeless, the poverty and injustice that enabled its upward thrust are nonetheless dangerously alive. Unsettling and compellingly written, Comrades! is the main accomplished research of 1 of crucial events of the fashionable international.
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  • The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s

    By Richard Wolin

    Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Julia Kristeva, Phillipe Sollers, and Jean-Luc Godard. throughout the Nineteen Sixties, a who is who of French thinkers, writers, and artists, spurred through China's Cultural Revolution, have been seized with a fascination for Maoism. Combining a cruel exposé of left-wing political folly and cross-cultural false impression with a lively protection of the Sixties, The Wind from the East tells the colourful tale of this mythical interval in France. Richard Wolin indicates how French scholars and intellectuals, encouraged through their perceptions of the Cultural Revolution, and prompted through utopian hopes, incited grassroots social pursuits and reinvigorated French civic and cultural life.

    Wolin's riveting narrative finds that Maoism's attract between France's most sensible and brightest really had little to do with a true knowing of chinese language politics. as a substitute, it ironically served as a motor vehicle for an emancipatory transformation of French society. French scholar leftists took up the trope of "cultural revolution," employing it to their criticisms of daily life. Wolin examines how Maoism captured the imaginations of France's top cultural figures, influencing Sartre's "perfect Maoist moment"; Foucault's perception of strength; Sollers's stylish, leftist highbrow magazine Tel Quel; in addition to Kristeva's ebook on chinese language women--which integrated a lively security of foot-binding.

    Recounting the cultural and political odyssey of French scholars and intellectuals within the Nineteen Sixties, The Wind from the East illustrates how the Maoist phenomenon without notice sparked a democratic political sea switch in France.

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  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

    By Simon Sebag Montefiore

    This commonly acclaimed biography of Stalin and his entourage through the terrifying a long time of his ideal strength transforms our knowing of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist chief, and Russian tsar.

    Based on groundbreaking examine, Simon Sebag Montefiore unearths the terror and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, kinfolk existence and murderous cruelty of this mystery global. Written with bracing narrative verve, this feat of scholarly learn has turn into a vintage of contemporary historical past writing. displaying how Stalin's triumphs and crimes have been the fabricated from his fanatical Marxism and his proficient yet mistaken personality, this can be an intimate portrait of a guy as complex and human as he used to be brutal and chilling.

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  • The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century

    By Vladimir Tismaneanu

    The satan in History is a provocative research of the connection among communism and fascism. Reflecting the author’s own reviews inside communist totalitarianism, it is a booklet approximately political passions, radicalism, utopian beliefs, and their catastrophic outcomes within the 20th century’s experiments in social engineering. Vladimir Tismaneanu brilliantly compares communism and fascism as competing, occasionally overlapping, and sometimes strikingly comparable platforms of political totalitarianism. He examines the inherent ideological allure of those radical, innovative political events, the visions of salvation and revolution they pursued, the price and kinds of aura of leaders inside those political pursuits, where of violence inside of those structures, and their legacies in modern politics.

    The writer discusses thinkers who've formed modern realizing of totalitarian movements—people equivalent to Hannah Arendt, Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, François Furet, Tony Judt, Ian Kershaw, Leszek Kolakowski, Richard Pipes, and Robert C. Tucker. As a lot a theoretical research of the sensible philosophies of Marxism-Leninism and Fascism because it is a political biography of specific figures, this e-book offers with the incarnation of diabolically nihilistic ideas of human subjugation and conditioning within the identify of possibly natural and purifying ambitions. finally, the writer claims that no ideological dedication, regardless of how soaking up, should still ever be triumphant over the sanctity of human existence. He involves the belief that no social gathering, circulate, or chief holds the appropriate to dictate to the fans to give up their severe colleges and to include a pseudo-miraculous, a mystically self-centered, delusional imaginative and prescient of vital happiness.

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  • The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

    “What is globalization? this is the best solutions. it's the ‘constant revolutionizing of construction’ and the ‘endless disturbance of all social conditions.’ it truly is ‘everlasting uncertainty.’ every thing ‘fixed and frozen’ is ‘swept away,’ and ‘all that's sturdy melts into air.’ sure, you will have learn this earlier than. it truly is from The Communist Manifesto, via Messrs. Marx and Engels.”—The ny Times

    Here, ultimately, is an authoritative creation to history’s most crucial political record, with the entire textual content of The Communist Manifesto via Marx and Engels.

    This fantastically equipped and provided version of The Communist Manifesto is absolutely annotated, with transparent old references and explication, extra comparable texts, and a thesaurus that might deliver the textual content to existence for college kids, in addition to the overall reader.

    Since it used to be first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into extra languages than the other smooth textual content. it's been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” yet yr after 12 months, the textual content in basic terms grows extra influential, final required studying in classes on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.

    “Apart from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species,” notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto “is arguably an important paintings of nonfiction written within the nineteenth century.” The Washington Post calls Marx “an astute critic of capitalism.” Writing in The manhattan Times, Columbia college Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a “masterpiece” with “enduring insights into social existence.”

    The New Yorker lately defined Karl Marx as “The subsequent philosopher” for our period. This booklet will exhibit readers why.

    Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur college in northern California. He writes generally on politics and the philosophy of technology and is a common contributor to CounterPunch.

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  • The Architects (European Classics)

    By Stefan Heym

    Written among 1963 and 1966, whilst its book might have proved to be political dynamite-and its author's undoing-this novel of political intrigue and private betrayal takes readers into the German Democratic Republic within the overdue Nineteen Fifties, almost immediately after Khruschev's "secret speech" denouncing Stalin and his equipment led to a "thaw" within the Soviet bloc and, with it, the discharge of many sufferers of Stalinist brutality. between those is Daniel, a Communist exile from Hitler who has been accused of treachery whereas in Moscow and who now returns to Germany after years of imprisonment. an excellent architect, he's taken on via his former colleague, Arnold Sundstrom, who used to be in exile in Moscow in addition yet by some means fared larger. he's now actually the executive architect for the realm Peace highway being equipped via the GDR. In Daniel, Arnold's younger spouse Julia reveals the foremost that might release the darkish mystery of her husband's good fortune and of her personal mom and dad' deaths in Moscow-and will undermine the very beginning on which she has equipped her existence. a unique of beautiful suspense, romance, and drama, The Architects can also be a window on a harrowing interval of historical past that its writer skilled firsthand-and that readers could do good to recollect today.
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  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel (FSG Classics)

    By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, H. T. Willetts

    The basically English translation approved by means of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    First released within the Soviet magazine Novy Mir in 1962, One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich stands as a vintage of up to date literature. the tale of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his fight to keep up his dignity within the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the complete international of Stalin's compelled paintings camps, One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich is without doubt one of the such a lot striking literary records to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose expertise fits that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

    This unexpurgated 1991 translation through H. T. Willetts is the single licensed variation to be had and entirely captures the ability and wonder of the unique Russian.

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  • Collected Works, Volume 50: Letters 1892-1895

    By Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

    Quantity 50 - Letters 1892-1895

    Marx/Engels gathered Works (MECW) is the biggest number of translations into English of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It comprises all works released via Marx and Engels of their lifetimes and diverse unpublished manuscripts and letters. The accrued Works, which used to be translated via Richard Dixon and others, involves 50 volumes. It used to be compiled and revealed among 1975 and 2005 via growth Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and foreign Publishers (New York).

    The gathered Works includes fabric written by means of Marx among 1835 and his loss of life in 1883, and through Engels among 1838 and his demise in 1895. The early volumes contain juvenilia, together with correspondence among Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. a number of volumes gather the pair's articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung.

    Other volumes within the amassed Works include famous works of Marx and Engels, together with The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and formerly unpublished or untranslated manuscripts. The gathered Works contains thirteen volumes of correspondence by means of the mature Marx and Engels, masking the interval from 1844 via 1895.

    Although the accrued Works is the main whole number of the paintings via Marx and Engels released thus far in English, it's not their entire works. A undertaking to put up the pair's entire works in German is anticipated to require greater than one hundred twenty volumes.
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  • The Communist Manifesto

    By Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

    "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism." So starts one in all history's most vital records, a piece of such value that it has without end replaced not just the scope of global politics, yet certainly the process human civilization. The Communist Manifesto was once written in Friedrich Engels's transparent, notable prose and declared the earth-shaking principles of Karl Marx. Upon e-book in 1848, it quick grew to become the credo of the bad and oppressed who longed for a society "in which the unfastened improvement of every is the situation for the unfastened improvement of all."

    The Communist Manifesto includes the seeds of Marx's extra finished philosophy, which keeps to encourage influential financial, political, social, and literary theories. however the Manifesto is most respected as an ancient rfile, one who resulted in the best political upheaveals of the 19th and 20th centuries and to the institution of the Communist governments that until eventually lately governed part the globe.

    This Bantam vintage variation of The Communist Manifesto contains Marx and Engels's old 1872 and 1882 prefaces, and Engels's notes and prefaces to the 1883 and 1888 variations.
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  • The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

    By Stephen Lovell

    The Soviet Union at its top occupied one 6th of the world's land mass, encompassed fifteen republics, and stretched throughout 11 assorted time zones. greater than two times the dimensions of the us, it used to be the good probability of the chilly battle till it unexpectedly collapsed in 1991. Now, nearly two decades after the dissolution of this titanic empire, what are we to make of its life? was once it a heroic scan, an unmitigated catastrophe, or a attainable if improper reaction to the trendy international? Taking a clean method of the examine of the Soviet Union, this Very brief Introduction blends political historical past with an research into Soviet society and tradition from 1917 to 1991. Stephen Lovell examines features of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and beliefs, and gives solutions to a few of the large questions on the Soviet adventure. all through, the ebook takes a clean thematic method of the heritage of the Soviet Union and it offers an up to date attention of the Soviet Union's impression and what now we have learnt considering its end.

    About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a couple of life's best subject matters. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they display the best modern brooding about the critical difficulties and concerns in 1000s of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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