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The Communist Movement since 1945 : History of the Contemporary World - Willie Thompson

The Communist Movement since 1945

History of the Contemporary World


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This book considers the historical role of the communist movement in its global context. It covers both the ruling and non-ruling communist parties, from Europe to Asia and Latin America. It provides an overview of political developments during the period since 1945, and examines the ideology and culture of the movement. The book opens with an assessment of the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. This was a time characterized by the spread of Soviet influence in Europe, communist-inspired colonial revolt, the Cold War and the use by Stalin of terror as an instrument of rule. The author then considers such issues as the process of destalinization after 1953, the hopes raised by Soviet technological breakthroughs, the pressures from the West in a bipolar world, and the schism in the communist world following the dispute between Soviet and Chinese leaderships. The second part of the book examines the successes and failures of the various communist regimes and their impact on the non-ruling communist parties. It also considers the spread of communist influence in the developing world. The book charts the breakdown in the Soviet bloc from the 1980s and, finally, it assesses the extent to which the collapse of communism by the 1990s was inevitable.


1. The Movement's Turning Point.

2. Cold War and Colonial Revolution.

3. Destalinisation.

4.'Peaceful Co-Existence' and Schism.

5. Orthodox Communism 1963-1970.

6. Indian Summer 1970-1981.

7. The Amazed Evangelist.

Biographical Notes.





ISBN: 9780631199717
ISBN-10: 0631199713
Series: History of the Contemporary World
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 2nd January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 230.54 x 156.68  x 15.84
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1