The Red Flag: A History of Communism

The Red Flag: A History of Communism

David Priestland


Communism was once some of the most strong political and highbrow hobbies the area has ever noticeable. on the top in their impact, Communists managed greater than a 3rd of the earth's floor. yet maybe extra dazzling than its speedy upward thrust and striking succeed in was once Communism's unexpected, devastating cave in in November of 1989. within the crimson Flag, Oxford professor David Priestland tells the epic tale of a circulate that has taken root in dozens of nations throughout 2 hundred years, from its delivery after the French Revolution to its ideological adulthood in nineteenth-century Germany to its upward push to dominance (and next fall) within the 20th century. starting with the 1st glossy Communists within the age of Robespierre, Priestland examines the factors of thinkers and leaders together with Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Che Guevara, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gorbachev, and so on. He additionally asks what it was once approximately Communism that encouraged its rank and file--whether the militants of Nineteen Twenties Russia, the guerrilla warring parties of China, or the scholars of Ethiopia--and explores the event of what it intended to reside lower than Communism for its hundreds of thousands of topics. He exhibits how Communism, in all its kinds, appealed to assorted societies for various purposes, in a few as a reaction to inequalities and in others extra out of a wish to meet up with the West. yet sarcastically, whereas destroying one net of inequality, Communist leaders have been concurrently weaving one other. It was once this dynamic, including frequent monetary failure and an escalating lack of religion within the method, that finally destroyed Soviet Communism itself. At a time while worldwide capitalism is in hindrance and robust new political forces have arisen to confront Western democracy, The crimson Flag is vital interpreting if we're to use the teachings of the previous to navigating the longer term.

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