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The Red Flag. Weltgeschichte des Kommunismus, englische Ausgabe

Communism and the Making of the Modern World

The Red Flag. Weltgeschichte des Kommunismus, englische Ausgabe - Priestland, David - ISBN: 9780713994810
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Bindwijze: Boek, Gebonden (21-08-2009)
Genre: Geschiedenis
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Beschrijving

Communism was one of the most powerful political and intellectual movements of the modern world; at the height of its influence over a third of the world's population lived under Communist rule. And yet very few predicted either its bewildering rise or sudden decline, while even close observers were mystified by its frequent convulsions and turbulent politics.

In The Red Flag, David Priestland provides an original account of the Communist movement that fully explores its global impact. He not only discusses the ideas and motivations of its principal thinkers and leaders - from Marx to Mao, from Stalin to Che Guevara, but also asks why Communism inspired its rank and file - from the militants of 1920s Russia and the guerrilla fighters of China to the Marxist students of Ethiopia and the urban terrorists of Europe in the 1970s. At same the time The Red Flag explores the experience of living under Communism for its millions of subjects.

In his lively and absorbing narrative Priestland stresses how varied a phenomenon Communism was. He traces its emergence in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and shows how those early ideas evolved and mutated as they moved across time and place, from the barricades of Europe in 1848 to the villages of Nepal today.

As Priestland shows, Communists may have promised to build just and modern societies, but just as they destroyed old structures of privilege, they simultaneously built new ones. This central paradox, together with economic failure and a history of horrifying violence would, by the 1980s, leave the Communist project in tatters.

Even so, Communist parties are still in power in Asia and Latin America and, as Priestland emphasizes, Communism has played a central role in the history of the modern world - not only through its militaristic political systems, but also its broader influence on ideas and culture.

At a time when the post-Cold War order is itself in crisis and we enter a new phase of global political and economic uncertainty, The Red Flag is essential reading.

Details

Titel: The Red Flag. Weltgeschichte des Kommunismus, englische Ausgabe
auteur: Priestland, David
Mediatype: Boek
Bindwijze: Gebonden
Taal: Engels
Aantal pagina's: 500
Uitgever: Allen Lane
Publicatiedatum: 2009-08-21
NUR: Geschiedenis
Gewicht: 1206 gr
ISBN/ISBN13: 9780713994810
Intern nummer: 11484321

Biografie (woord)

David Priestland lehrt Neuere Geschichte in Oxford und ist Fellow der dortigen St. Edmund Hall. Zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten gehören der Vergleich kommunistischer Systeme und die Beziehung zwischen Politik und Ideologie. Die Geschichte des Kommunismus hat er in Oxford und an der Staatlichen Universität Moskau erforscht. Priestland hat zahlreiche historische Werke veröffentlicht.

Recensie

A mesmerizing survey of the ideological and political history of communism. Priestland successfully crafts a global account of communisms development and mutation across nations and generations, deftly combining academic rigour, personal histories and an engaging narrative. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall The Red Flag provides a formative account of communisms rise and fall and its extraordinary impact on the lives of millions.

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