Fifty Years of Communism: Theory and Practice, 1917-1967

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PREFACE

AT the time when the Communists came to power in China someone remarked that commentators on the event could be divided into those who knew something about China, but nothing about Communism, and those who knew something about Communism, but nothing about China. It is indeed extremely difficult for anyone to combine the kind of knowledge of Communism which comes from a study of its ideology and mental processes with an expertise on particular countries which are affected by the world Communist movement. Yet the attempt must be made, for if it is not, interpretations of current international affairs will either fail in understanding of one of the main political ideas of our time or else be confined to analyses of abstract doctrine without taking account of the local historical settings in which the doctrine wins its followers.

This book aims at a review of the development of Communism, both in theory and practice, since the Bolshevik capture of power in Russia in 1917, with a preliminary account of the origins of Marxism and its introduction into Russia from its homeland in Western Europe. The Russian Communists modified Marxism and the Chinese Communists have modified it still more. Today a large part of mankind lives under governments which acknowledge Marx as their ideological ancestor, but Marxism has assumed strange shapes which would evoke his astonishment, and often his indignation, if he could return to this world to view the effects of his life's work.

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  • Fifty Years of Communism - Theory and Practice I9i7-1967 *
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I - Jacobin and Communist i
  • II - Social Democracy and the Non-Revolution 14
  • III - Marxism and the Russian Narodniks 27
  • IV - Lenin 38
  • V - The Capture of Power in Russia 50
  • VI - Foreign Intervention and Civil War 63
  • VII - The Comintern 76
  • VIII - The Retreat from Socialism 87
  • IX - Stalin and the Revolution from Above 97
  • X - Stalin and the Great Purge 110
  • XI - The Rise of Communism in China 124
  • XII - The Idea of the Popular Front 135
  • XIII - Communism and the Second World War 146
  • XIV - Communism and the Cold War 157
  • XV - Russian Communism after Stalin 166
  • XVI - Peaceful Coexistence 175
  • XVII - Polycentrism 184
  • XVIII - Maoism 194
  • XIX - Communism and the Third World 206
  • XX - Fifty Years After 217
  • Select Bibliography 226
  • Index 231
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