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Many Faces of Communism, The

Many Faces of Communism, The
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By the late 1920’s, the Soviet Communist Party was the historical avatar of Communist practice and Communist science, and by the 1930’s, Stalin was the Communist movement. Yet, the mythos and organizational conditions that permitted Stalin’s control of international Communism in the pre-World War II period could not last. The death of Stalin in 1953, and Khrushche’s secret speech to the XXth Party Congress in 1956, helped to trigger a split in the international Communist parties that has been likened to the breaking up of Christianity during the Protestant Reformation.

The Many Faces of Communism provides the most authoritative look at the changes that have occurred in the Communist parties of the Soviet Union, China, Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. In Separate chapters for each area, nine international experts discuss in detail such pertinent variables as:

• the history of the party, and how it has changed,

• the various factors that have helped the party to become as strong as it is,

• the future of the party,

• specific programs of the party,

• dissidence within the party,

• how the party has changed the politics of the region,

• how the peoples’ views toward the party have changed over the years, and

• the party’s relationship with Moscow.

The editor’s Introduction provides an overview and comparison of the various Communist states in terms of their similarities and differences, and helps explain why Communism has developed differently in various regions. Professor Kaplan discusses the history of world Communism, and describes the international and intranational political forces that have helped shape, and change, the organized Communist parties.

Communism has been practiced in different forms, from the “historic compromise” with Christian Democrats in Italy to the common program with the Socialist Party in France. The Many Faces of Communism represents a major effort to understand and explain the metamorphosis in contemporary Communism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Communism?
Morton A. Kaplan
1. The Italian Communist Party and Eurocommunism
Franco Ferrarotti
2. The French Communist Party and the Popular Union
Jean V. Poulard
3. Portuguese and Spanish Communism in Comparative Perspective
Eusebio M. Mujal-León
4. The Soviet Legitimacy Crisis and Its International Implications
Mikhail Agursky
5. Eastern European Communism in the Seventies
Teresa Rakowska-Harmstone
6. Eastern Europe, Eurocommunism, and the Problems of Detente
Pavel Machala
7. Yugoslavia’s Crucial Place in World Politics
Nenad D. Popovic
8. The Japanese Communist Party: The Miyamoto Line and Its Problems
Haruhiro Fukui
9. China and the World in the Mao and Post-Mao Eras
Tang Tsou
Appendix: Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies

MORTON A. KAPLAN is a Professor of Political Science, Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, and Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Among his numerous books are these Free Press titles: Justice, Human Nature, and Political Obligation; Alienation and Identification; Isolation or Interdependence?, which he edited; and Japan, America, and The Future World Order, which he co-edited with
Kinhide Mushakoji.

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