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History of Communism: A Brief History (Universal History) (original 1994; edição 2002)
por Richard Pipes
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Communism: A History por Richard Pipes (1994)
"Beginning with Plato and the first expressions of a utopian vision of a property-less society, Richard Pipes describes Communism's historical antecedents, through to Marx, Engels and the birth of 'communism' as a theory calling for the abolition of property and a call to arms. He traces its spread to Russia and its adoption by young radical intellectuals led by Lenin, and explores why Russia, against all Marx's predictions, was the first country to adopt Communism. He goes on to reckon with the history of the Soviet Union, from the Russian Revolution and the Civil War, Stalin, Stalinism and the Great Terror, and the Second World War to the regime's decline and its ultimate collapse. Pipes also looks at Communism in its global context, from its spread to China and the Third World to its reception in the West, the Comintern, and the world-wide power struggle known as the Cold War. Finally he analyses the reasons why Communism failed, and recounts the staggering human cost it inflicted on the world in the twentieth century." -- BOOK JACKET.
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