One Hundred Years of Communist Experiments
Why has communism's humanist quest for freedom and social justice without exception resulted in the reign of terror and lies? The authors of this collective volume address this urgent question covering the one hundred years since Lenin's coup brought the first communist regime to power in St. Petersburg, Russia in November 1917. The first part of the volume is dedicated to the varieties of communist fantasies of salvation, and the remaining three consider how communist experiments over many different times and regions attempted to manage economics, politics, as well as society and culture. Although each communist project was adapted to the situation of the country where it operated, the studies in this volume find that because of its ideological nature, communism had a consistent penchant for totalitarianism in all of its manifestations.
This book is also concerned with the future. As the world witnesses a new wave of ideological authoritarianism and collectivistic projects, the authors of the nineteen essays suggest lessons from their analyses of communism's past to help better resist totalitarian projects in the future.
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One Hundred Years of Communist Experiments, stemming from a conference held in 2017 on the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, is a remarkable collection of essays on the history and the political philosophy that have been shaped—and continue to be shaped—by the long legacy of twentieth-century communism. In this book, the world's leading scholars on the subject offer new ways of thinking about communism's complicated history. By not consigning communism to 'the past,' the editors of this book have found creative ways of guiding readers through the terrain of twenty-first-century international politics. One Hundred Years of Communist Experiments is a profound investigation into the past. It is no less a meditation on the uncertainties of the present moment.—Michael C. KimmageThis inventively designed volume on the past century of world communism provides a passionate, yet judicious, indictment of the both the ideology and practice of communist governments and societies. The book dissects the communist experiment from multiple angles. But it also serves as a warning to take this history seriously and to apply its lessons in the present and future.—Norman Naimark
|Central European University Press
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