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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- Presents primary source historical documents to give students first-hand accounts of the development of Communist thought and its legacy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
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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.
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