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on 23 August 2017
The Very Short Introductions are a major educational resource. There are presently over 500 small books covering a very wide range of subjects. Although short, the Introductions are substantial in content. Everyone would benefit from reading these books to broaden their knowledge and understanding in diverse areas of life. Perseverance with some subjects may be required but be prepared to be surprised, enlightened and enriched.
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on 19 November 2016
Excellent resource for learning the history and the dogma of the ideology of communism. I am a history student studying the USSR and it's interpretation of communism and I have found this a most useful resource in aiding my studies. Would highly recommend.
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on 10 September 2016
Very interesting book and fast delivery
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on 3 January 2017
A very dull summary of basic history, with very little focus on the theory of Communism. It would be good as a short History book, but that is not what I expected.
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on 21 April 2016
An excellent short guide--a little partisan but generally tries to get essential information across. Amazingly comprehensive for such a small book.
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on 26 February 2016
Almost didn't buy this book because of Dr. Bojan's review, which made it sound like this book is very polemical and pro-communist. Nothing of the sort. The book simply summarises, from a broad perspective the political, economic, social and international aspects of life under communist regimes generally in the 20th century, and frequently notes how such regimes usually failed in those aspects. Far from 'gloating' over the 2007-2008 economic crisis and wishing for some return to communism, the author states, in a typically measured and perhaps timid way, "while the horrors perpetrated by Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and other Communist leaders must never be forgotten, it is time to move on from Cold War propaganda and acknowledge that Communism may have had some positive aspects, even if these were few in number". So don't worry that this book is full of brainwashed pinko commie claptrap.

My only criticism is that the author takes an entirely historical approach. Chapter 1, "The theory of communism", has brief remarks on Marxism and contributions by Lenin and Stalin, then ends by saying that the best way to study communism is to study it in practice. The rest of the book then reads like a Cold War history lesson. Well-written, but I would have appreciated a few more summaries of communist thinkers, or a few case studies of policies adopted in communist countries with an analysis of the underlying supposedly communist doctrine. Four stars.
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on 8 March 2016
Excellent
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 March 2016
This is not a good book, which is a shame. The subject of 'communism' is interesting and important - so it deserves a good introductory text. But this book isn't it.

Communism is not adequately explored in terms of concepts and theories. Instead, this book focuses on so-called Communist states. But the countries of the Second World (e.g. the USSR) were only one model of possible communism. This book considers such countries to encapsulate what communism is all about, and this is poor judgement on the part of the author.

And, worse still, the book tends to conflate Communism with Marxism, and views Marx as the founder of 20th century Communist states. This is utter nonsense.

If students read this without being offered a broader picture of what communism is about, so a very limited and restricted understanding will follow. I've been teaching sociology and political science to university students for over a decade, and I simply couldn't recommend this book.

This is a very poor text that serves only to hinder understanding on the complexities of communism. Of course, if you're only interested in a superficial notion of what communism involves, this book will suffice.
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on 8 January 2016
The book arrived in perfect condition.
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