The "Times Literary Supplement" was founded in 1902. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, this is one of a number of "Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Companions" which collect together the most representative articles and reviews on subjects of popular interest. This particular book looks at communism, embracing the rise of communism in the Soviet Union, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its sudden and startling collapse in recent years. Articles featured include Robert Conquest "The Origins of the Great Purge", Geoffrey Hosking on Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago", Richard Piper on Leonard Schapiro's "1917: The Russian Revolutions and the Origins of Present Day Communism" as well as contributions from Hugh Seton-Watson, Max Hayward and Adam B. Ulam.
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In Communism, Ferdinand Mount has gathered fifty-two articles in which the most influential Western analysts, expressing opinions from the dismissive to the ecstatic, react to the unfolding drama in the East. Articles on the Russian Revolution, the rise and fall of Soviet leaders and cultural heroes, and the sudden collapse of the Soviet system reflect successive Western attitudes to the communism phenomenon.From Publishers Weekly:
Several distinguished British academics and commentators are featured in this collection of 52 reviews and essays, dating from 1904 to 1991, from the Times Literary Supplement. As TLS editor Mount acknowledges, the magazine's pages included "amazing perspicacity" as well as "evasions and misinterpretations," and he reflects on how some intellectuals, like regular contributor E. H. Carr, "succumbed to enthusiasm for Soviet planning." Two brief sections track events from 1902-1917 and 1918-1939; there are engaging critiques of Marx's bourgeois origins and Trotsky's propagandist description of the revolution. In a section covering 1940-1968, critics take on Koestler, Orwell and Solzhenitsyn. The longest section covers 1969-1991, with Simon Leys savaging Ross Terrill as a Maoist apologist, Timothy Garton Ash exploring how ideologues of both the right and left invoke Orwell, and Robert Conquest arguing, post-coup, that "no, we have nothing to learn from the Soviet system." Other than a 1953 review of Whittaker Chambers's book on Alger Hiss, events in the United States are ignored. Also, while contributors explore Communism in Europe, they steer clear of the Third World.
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