Communism in History and Theory: From Utopian Socialism to the Fall of the Soviet Union

Communism in History and Theory: From Utopian Socialism to the Fall of the Soviet Union

Communism in History and Theory: From Utopian Socialism to the Fall of the Soviet Union

Communism in History and Theory: From Utopian Socialism to the Fall of the Soviet Union

Synopsis

Busky examines utopian writings and communes from ancient times to the present, and critially explores Marxian philosophy and economics. In addition, he tells the story of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

Excerpt

I became interested in socialism and communism in the late 1960s and early 1970s when I first protested against the Vietnam War and racism at home. I would like to thank my beloved father Robert Busky, who imparted to me his love of reading and interest in politics. I would like to thank my long-time friend and comrade Stephen M. Gulick. It has been an honor to serve with him for over two decades the cause of social justice. A special thanks to John Miller, who sent me materials on Robert Owen and New Lanark. I would also like to thank my professors in the Department of Political Science of Temple University where I did my undergraduate and graduate work, especially Drs. Peter Bachrach, Aryeh Botwinick, John Donnell, Robert J. Osborn, Shirin Tahir-Kheli, and Conrad Weiler, Jr. They taught me what it meant to be a political scientist, the basics of Marxist and non-Marxist political theory, and the comparative politics of Marxist-Leninist and noncommunist states. I would like to thank additionally my students who have made teaching history and political science classes a joy. I would very much like to thank with the deepest gratitude Dr. James T. Sabin, Director of Academic Research and Development of the Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., for all the support and interest he has shown in my work. My thanks to John Curley, Jr. and Maggie Dana of Pageworks for the editing and production of this book. Finally, I would like to thank Merle Sue Marcus, who remains my biggest fan.

Donald F. Busky, Ph.D.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 2001

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