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Polish Perspectives on Communism : An Anthology - Bogdan Szlachta

Polish Perspectives on Communism

An Anthology

By: Bogdan Szlachta (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th November 2003
ISBN: 9780739107652
Number Of Pages: 188

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When in the summer of 1920, the Red Army invaded newly independent Poland hoping to use it as a base for carrying out communist revolutions in the West, it met with unexpected resistance not only from the propertied class, but also from peasants and workers. The Poles had a remarkably clear understanding of communism's implications for freedom and human rights. Contributors to Polish Perspectives on Communism accurately grasped, decades before it was actually tried, what communism would mean in practice. These authors-some writing in the mid-1800s-understood the consequences of abolishing property, as preached by the communists, and of their rejection of religion and the rule of law. They anticipated the gruesome features of Leninism-Stalinism long before the collapse of the Soviet Union opened the eyes of its Western admirers. The authors in this anthology dispel the illusion that if communism failed in Russia it was due to an accident of history, having been tried in the wrong country and implemented by incompetent leaders. The evidence presented here should demonstrate that its failure was not only inevitable, but also anticipated long before it occurred.

Forewordp. 5
Prefacep. 7
Poland Facing the Stormp. 21
On Communismp. 26
The Peasant Question in Poland ...p. 35
A Memorandum for Napoleon III from October 1854p. 39
Russia and Europe: Polandp. 41
The Downfall of France and the Future of Europep. 45
The Disease of the Agep. 48
Bolshevism and Bolsheviks in Russiap. 57
On Bolshevismp. 60
Bolshevismp. 65
The Bolshevik State in the Scientific Perspectivep. 70
Crisis in Contemporary Socialismp. 73
Cancelling Russiap. 77
Can the Socialists Recognize the "Dictatorship of the Proletariat"?p. 80
Draft Constitutionp. 83
The Political System of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Doctrine and Consitutionp. 86
Contemporary Crisis of Statehoodp. 92
On the Communist Questionp. 97
A Report from a Religious, Scientific, and Social Movement: Bolshevism and Nazismp. 105
From the White to the Red Tsardomp. 109
Marxist-Leninist Theory of Lawp. 112
Bolshevism as a Cultural and Civilizational Currentp. 117
The Red Terror and Tragic Europe: In Defense of Liberalismp. 122
Totalitarian States: Lights - Shadows Figuresp. 127
Collectivism and Totaliterianism as Principles of Lifep. 132
Current Philosophy of Soviet Law and Legal Romanticismp. 141
The Psychology of Communismp. 150
The Culture of Bolshevism and the Polish Intellectualsp. 155
"Polish" Communismp. 165
The Left, Religion, Sovietologyp. 168
Marxism-Leninism and Realism ...p. 176
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780739107652
ISBN-10: 0739107658
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 20th November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 14.38  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.35