• Communism

The Great October Socialist Revolution

Impact on the World and the Birth of Internationalism
Author: Andre Vltchek
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9786027354395
Category: Communism
Page: 91
View: 1087
Powerful, urgent, this book is straightforwardly challenging Western Anti-Communist and Anti-Internationalist dogmas. "The Great October Socialist Revolution began by a proud salvo from Aurora. It broke the prison wall as well as chains, and a secret road suddenly opened. The journey began. Several countries rose, following the revolutionary ideals. Since then, some have fallen. Others rose again."

    • Communism

Ten Days that Shook the World

Author: John Reed
Publisher: N.A
Category: Communism
Page: 371
View: 5174
An account of the November revolution in Russia. Most of it deals with "Red Petrograd" cf. Pref.

    • Business & Economics

The Commanding Heights

The Battle Between Government And The Marketplace
Author: Daniel Yergin,Joseph Stanislaw
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 184737591X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
View: 3404
The most powerful force in the world economy today is the redefinition of the relationship between state and marketplace - a process that goes by the name of privatization though this term is inadequate to express its far-reaching changes. We are moving from an era in which governments sought to seize and control the 'commanding heights' of the economy to an era in which the idea of free markets is capturing the commanding heights of world economic thinking. Basic views of how society ought to be organized are undergoing rapid change, trillions of dollars are changing hands and so is fundamental political power. Great new wealth is being created - as are huge opportunities and huge risks. Taking a worldwide perspective, including Britain, where the process began with Mrs Thatcher, Europe and the former USSR, China, Latin America and the US, THE COMMANDING HEIGHTS shows how a revolution in ideas is transforming the world economy - why it is happening, how it can go wrong and what it will mean for the global economy going into the twenty-first century.

    • History

Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution

Author: Antony C. Sutton
ISBN: 190557035X
Category: History
Page: 228
View: 1781
'Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution' traces the foundations of Western funding of the Soviet Union. Dispassionately, and with overwhelming documentation, the author details a crucial phase in the establishment of communist Russia.

    • History

The Revolution of 1905 and Russia's Jews

Author: Stefani Hoffman,Ezra Mendelsohn
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812240642
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 8425
In this multidisciplinary volume, leading historians provide new understanding of a time that sent shockwaves through Jewish communities in and beyond the Russian Empire and transformed the way Jews thought about the politics of ethnic and national identity.

    • History

Revolution in the Air

Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
Author: Max Elbaum
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1786634589
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 9653
Revolution in the Air is the definitive study of how radicals from the sixties movements embraced twentieth-century Marxism, and what movements of dissent today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che.

    • Political Science

The Wilsonian Moment

Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism
Author: Erez Manela
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019988417X
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
View: 6367
During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were debated by the victorious Allied powers, a multitude of smaller nations and colonies held their breath, waiting to see how their fates would be decided. President Woodrow Wilson, in his Fourteen Points, had called for "a free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims," giving equal weight would be given to the opinions of the colonized peoples and the colonial powers. Among those nations now paying close attention to Wilson's words and actions were the budding nationalist leaders of four disparate non-Western societies--Egypt, India, China, and Korea. That spring, Wilson's words would help ignite political upheavals in all four of these countries. This book is the first to place the 1919 Revolution in Egypt, the Rowlatt Satyagraha in India, the May Fourth movement in China, and the March First uprising in Korea in the context of a broader "Wilsonian moment" that challenged the existing international order. Using primary source material from America, Europe, and Asia, historian Erez Manela tells the story of how emerging nationalist movements appropriated Wilsonian language and adapted it to their own local culture and politics as they launched into action on the international stage. The rapid disintegration of the Wilsonian promise left a legacy of disillusionment and facilitated the spread of revisionist ideologies and movements in these societies; future leaders of Third World liberation movements--Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Jawaharlal Nehru, among others--were profoundly shaped by their experiences at the time. The importance of the Paris Peace Conference and Wilson's influence on international affairs far from the battlefields of Europe cannot be underestimated. Now, for the first time, we can clearly see just how the events played out at Versailles sparked a wave of nationalism that is still resonating globally today.

    • History

The Internationalists

How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World
Author: Oona A. Hathaway,Scott J. Shapiro
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150110988X
Category: History
Page: 608
View: 8035
“An original book…about individuals who used ideas to change the world” (The New Yorker)—the fascinating exploration into the creation and history of the Paris Peace Pact, an often overlooked but transformative treaty that laid the foundation for the international system we live under today. In 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal. But within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day. A “thought-provoking and comprehensively researched book” (The Wall Street Journal), The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians, and intellectuals. It reveals the centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships. The Internationalists is “indispensable” (The Washington Post). Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century—and how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible. “A fascinating and challenging book, which raises gravely important issues for the present…Given the state of the world, The Internationalists has come along at the right moment” (The Financial Times).

October 1917 Revolution

A Century Later
Author: Samir Amin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781988832050
Page: 126
View: 9532
Great revolutions make history. The French revolution invented modern politics and democracy, the Russian revolution paved the way for the socialist transition. This collection of essays by world renown Egyptian economist, Samir Amin, helps to situate the lessons of the October 1917 Russian Revolution from a perspective of 100 years.


Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones
Author: Andre Vltchek
Publisher: Badak Merah Semesta
ISBN: 9786027354326
Page: 236
View: 6890
Oceania: neocolonialism, nukes and bones is a critical appraisal of the destructive consequences of colonialism and later neocolonialism and how they have reshaped and undermined the very essence of Pacific humanity. It provides a rather uncomfortable but justifiably powerful moral message that the perils of Oceania need drawing attention to for the future survival of Pacific peoples and cultures who, isolated from the main centres of global power, are often relegated to the margins of development and progress. Andre Vltchek spent five years living and traveling throughout Oceania. During his journey he interviewed politicians, social-workers, journalists, teachers, doctors and the local inhabitants. He became friends with the great Pacific writer Epeli Hau'ofa who declared him an 'honorary citizen of Oceania, ' and he intricately documented the appalling effects Western government policies, corporate strategies and military operations were having on the islands and the peoples of the Pacific."

    • History

Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959

A Critical Assessment
Author: Samuel Farber
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608461661
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 2299
Uncritically lauded by the left and impulsively denounced by the right, the Cuban Revolution is almost universally viewed one dimensionally. Samuel Farber, one of its most informed left-wing critics, provides a much needed critical assessment of the Revolution's impact and legacy.

    • Literary Collections

Point of No Return

Author: Andre Vltchek
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780977459070
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 364
View: 3560
POINT OF NO RETURN shows the world through the eyes of a war correspondent, working in conflict zones avoided by the mainstream media, unveiling the dire state of today's world, its disparities and brutal post-colonial arrangement - including the imperialist push for Western hegemony. "Point of No Return is one of the great novels of the 21st century. It deserves a wide readership and serious critical appraisal. Over a half century ago, in his important book "American Moderns - From Rebellion to Conformity," the great literary critic Maxwell Geismar noted that "Our best literary work has come from writers who are outside [the dominant] intellectual orbit, where [capitalist] panic has slowly subsided into inertia." Geismar anticipates Vltchek. Point of No Return explodes from that vital realm far beyond hegemonic control." - Tony Christini "Point of No Return is riveting." - Paulin Cesari (Le Figaro) "Andre Vltchek is a writer, the real thing, of the same calibre and breed as Hemingway and Malraux." - Catherine Merveilleux "Andre Vltchek tells us about a world that few know, even when they think they do. That is because he tells the truth, vividly, with a keen sense of history, and with a perceptive eye that sees past surfaces to reality..." - Noam Chomsky "This gripping novel blends fiction and autobiography; it reflects the experience of the author as a war correspondent while drawing the portrait of a globalized world coming apart at the seams. A political novel after the fashion of Malraux... it is also a meditation on the state of the world (and of literature), and a raucous escapade to the far corners of the globe." - Le Grand Soir "Iconoclastic Adventurer: The lives of great reporters are fascinating. Long before establishing his credentials as a poet, essayist, documentary filmmaker and even a novelist, Andre Vltchek, was a journalist. Donning this hat once again, he revisits his years as an intrepid reporter..." - Caroline Mangez (Paris Match) "Vltchek has written a colourful and elegantly crafted novel with a political stance that will engage some and provoke others but is always heart-felt and sincere." - Lila Rajiva

    • Biography & Autobiography


Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941
Author: Stephen Kotkin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 073522448X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 1184
View: 8775
Pulitzer Prize-finalist Stephen Kotkin has written the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Hitler's Germany that is the signal event of modern world history In 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world’s largest peasant economy into “socialist modernity,” otherwise known as collectivization, regardless of the cost. What it cost, and what Stalin ruthlessly enacted, transformed the country and its ruler in profound and enduring ways. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. The wholesale collectivization of some 120 million peasants necessitated levels of coercion that were extreme even for Russia, and the resulting mass starvation elicited criticism inside the party even from those Communists committed to the eradication of capitalism. But Stalin did not flinch. By 1934, when the Soviet Union had stabilized and socialism had been implanted in the countryside, praise for his stunning anti-capitalist success came from all quarters. Stalin, however, never forgave and never forgot, with shocking consequences as he strove to consolidate the state with a brand new elite of young strivers like himself. Stalin’s obsessions drove him to execute nearly a million people, including the military leadership, diplomatic and intelligence officials, and innumerable leading lights in culture. While Stalin revived a great power, building a formidable industrialized military, the Soviet Union was effectively alone and surrounded by perceived enemies. The quest for security would bring Soviet Communism to a shocking and improbable pact with Nazi Germany. But that bargain would not unfold as envisioned. The lives of Stalin and Hitler, and the fates of their respective dictatorships, drew ever closer to collision, as the world hung in the balance. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 is a history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin’s seat of power. It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography.

The Road to Somewhere

The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics
Author: David Goodhart
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1849047995
Page: 256
View: 9900
The political era one is living through always feels messy and fragmented from the inside. But looking back from the future, the first two decades of the 21st century will come to be seen as the moment when the politics of culture and identity rose to challenge the previous politics of leftand right. David Goodhart's searing analysis considers this shift through his novel paradigm of the "nowhere" class and the "somewhere" class.Members of the "Nowhere" class dominate our culture and society. They tend to do well at school, then usually move from home to a boarding university in their late teens and on to a career in the professions that might take them to a capital city or even abroad for a year or two. Such people haveportable "achieved' identities, based on educational and career success, which makes them generally comfortable with new places and people. The"Somewhere" people are by definition more rooted and have ascribed identities based on group belonging and particular places, which is why they often find rapid change disturbing. One core group of Somewheres are often "left behind" - mainly older white working class men with little education.They have lost economically with the decline of well paid jobs for people with little education and culturally, too, with the disappearance of a distinctive working-class culture and the marginalization of their social conservatism in the public conversation. However Somewhere ambivalence aboutrecent social trends spreads far beyond this core group and is shared by many in all social classes.The broad ideology of Nowhere people can be characterized as "progressive individualism." By contrast, the Somewheres are more socially conservative by instinct. This book will contend that the Nowhere people have counted for too much in the past generation and populist parties, such as the TeaParty, have emerged in part as a democratic counter-balance to that dominance. In a democracy the Somewheres cannot, however, be ignored.

    • History

A Force So Swift

Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949
Author: Kevin Peraino
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307887251
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 6411
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • Winner of the 2018 Truman Book Award A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949--an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this day. In the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe--"perhaps the greatest that this country has ever suffered," as the journalist Walter Lippmann put it. Throughout the spring and summer, Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out across mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America's one-time ally Chiang Kai-shek and taking control of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities. As Truman and his aides--including his shrewd, ruthless secretary of state, Dean Acheson--scrambled to formulate a response, they were forced to contend not only with Mao, but also with unrelenting political enemies at home. Over the course of this tumultuous year, Mao would fashion a new revolutionary government in Beijing, laying the foundation for the creation of modern China, while Chiang Kai-shek would flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan. These events transformed American foreign policy--leading, ultimately, to decades of friction with Communist China, a long-standing U.S. commitment to Taiwan, and the subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam. Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players, including Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first lady of the Republic of China. Today, the legacy of 1949 is more relevant than ever to the relationships between China, the United States, and the rest of the world, as Beijing asserts its claims in the South China Sea and tensions endure between Taiwan and the mainland.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Prophet Armed

Trotsky, 1879-1921
Author: Isaac Deutscher
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859844410
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 497
View: 6622
This first volume of the trilogy traces Trotsky's political development.

The Communist Manifesto

Author: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 9387944204
Page: N.A
View: 1740