By (author) Ronald I. Kowalski
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European Communism by Ronald I. Kowalski
Book DescriptionThe course of modern European History has been influenced greatly by the challenge of Communism. In theory it promised equality and freedom for all. In practice it spawned inegalitarian, authoritarian and, in some instances, monstrous regimes in the former Soviet Union and East Europe. This study re-examines the history of European Communism from its theoretical origins in the work of Marx and Engels in the mid-nineteenth century until the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ronald Kowalski reappraises Marx's thinking and points out that his intellectual legacy was open to a variety of interpretations often at odds with his own views. Kowalski also questions Lenin's professed Marxist credentials and the extent to which his additions to Marxist theory were central to the key issue in the history of Communism: why did the egalitarian and libertarian dreams raised by the Russian Revolution degenerate into Stalinist authoritarianism and terror? Furthermore, why did Communism fail in West Europe while it was able to come to power in East Europe? Concluding with an analysis of the revolutions which swept away the Communist regimes in East Europe and two years later in the Soviet Union itself, this is an essential introduction to the history of a political force that dominated parts of Europe until the end of the twentieth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333684597
(216mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ronald I. Kowalski
European Communism, Hardback (April 2006)
Communism has had a profound impact on Europe. In theory, it promised equality and freedom for all. In practice, it spawned inegalitarian, authoritarian and, in some instances, monstrous regimes in East Europe. Ronald Kowalski re-examines the history of European Communism and explains why it failed to come to power in West Europe.
Russian Revolution, Paperback (July 1997)» View all books by Ronald I. Kowalski
A collection of documents and sources, this volume reviews the ever-changing debate on the nature of the Russian revolution. Perspectives arising from the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 are also incorporated into the text.
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Author Biography - Ronald I. Kowalski
RONALD KOWALSKI was one time Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History at the University of Worcester, UK.
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