The Rise of Communism

History, Documents, and Key Questions

by Patrick G. Zander


The rise of Communism led to a global conflict that dominated an age as Western democracies vied against Communist powers for over 50 years.

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February 2018


Pages 219
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government
  Politics, Law, and Government/History

This book investigates the Communist political phenomenon, including the origins and development of Communism as well as the revolutions that led to the rise of the major Communist states around the world.

Written for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this book surveys the global rise of Communism. It begins with a timeline and narrative overview, which are followed by reference entries, primary source documents, and original argumentative essays on enduring issues related to Communism.

The book first covers the earliest phases of the "Utopian Socialist" movement and the beginnings of Marxist theory. It then discusses the Russian Revolution of 1917; the creation of the Soviet Union; the regime of terror instituted by Stalin; the expansion of Communism during the years of the Cold War, particularly in Asia; and the Cuban Revolution and the regime of Fidel Castro. It also discusses the progression toward revolution among the European Satellite countries as it included the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Czech revolution of 1968, and the multiple revolutions from 1989–1991 that saw the collapse of the Soviet system and the Cold War.


  • Includes a timeline to help students identify key events related to the rise of Communism and their relation to one another
  • Examines the rise of Communism around the world, its causes, and its significance in a narrative overview
  • Provides fundamental information about key topics through alphabetically arranged reference entries
  • Presents primary source historical documents to give students first-hand accounts of the development of Communist thought and its legacy
  • Offers original argumentative essays to help students critically consider major issues and debates related to Communism
Series Description

Crossroads in World History

Through a mix of reference entries, primary source documents, and original essays, this series helps readers understand and contextualize events central to world history. Each volume in the series explores a particular turning point in world history and contains a timeline, a historical overview, approximately 50 reference entries, 10 to 15 primary sources, original argumentative essays, and a bibliography. Designed as a series of one-stop resources, the books help students understand the background, causes, and consequences of critical historical events and evaluate original evidence and arguments.
Author Info

Patrick G. Zander is associate professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he teaches British and European History as well as Technology, War, and Political History. He is author of two books, ABC-CLIO's The Rise of Fascism: History, Documents and Key Questions and Hidden Armies of the Second World War. In 2010, he was awarded the Duncan C. Tanner Prize from the Oxford University Press journal Twentieth Century British History for his article on the first air flights over Mount Everest and their links to the British Fascist movement of the 1930s.

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