The Rise and Fall of Communism

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9780061138799: The Rise and Fall of Communism

Winner of the 2010 W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for Best Political Science Book of the Year 2010

The relentless rise of Communism was the most momentous political development of the first half of the twentieth century. No political change has been more fundamental than its demise in Europe and its decline elsewhere. In this hugely acclaimed book Archie Brown provides an indispensable history that examines the origins of the ideology, its development in different countries, its collapse in many states following the Soviet perestroika, and its current incarnations around the globe.

The Rise and Fall of Communism explains how and why Communists came to power; how they were able, in a variety of countries on different continents to hold on to power for so long; and what brought about the downfall of so many Communist systems. A groundbreaking work from an internationally renowned specialist, this is the definitive study of the most remarkable political and human story of our times.

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"Superb...a hugely readable book" (Simon Heffer Daily Telegraph)

"At its peak, communism controlled one third of the human race...Brown's scholarly, well-paced and critical overview contributes brilliantly to a reasoned reassessment" ( Sunday Times)

"To understand one of the central stories of the 20th century - read Brown's book" ( Independent)

"The breadth of his scholarship and research is hugely impressive... Brown offers clever insights, as well as some fascinating new revelations" ( Evening Standard)

"This book is the crowning achievement of Archie Brown's career... This volume will remain a definitive study of communism... Thank you, Archie Brown" (Oleg Gordievsky Literary Review)

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The definitive and groundbreaking account of the revolutionary ideology that changed the modern world.

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