The definitive and groundbreaking account of the revolutionary ideology that changed the modern world.
Archie Brown is a British political scientist and historian. He is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1991, Professor Brown was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He has written widely on Soviet and Communist politics, the Cold War, and political leadership.
Since the days of Marx and Engels, scholars have been writing about communism and what it means to contemporary society. For the past 30 years Brown (politics, emeritus, Oxford Univ.) has devoted his considerable energies to explaining various aspects of the history of communism, especially in the Soviet Union. His 1996 study, The Gorbachev Factor, and his more recent Seven Years That Changed the World are two essential works from the more than a dozen books he has authored. Although his new book compares topically with Robert Harvey's A Short History of Communism and Robert Service's Comrades!: A History of World Communism, Brown's particular strength is his profound knowledge and understanding of the 1980s, when Gorbachev took power and initiated the reform agenda that led (although this was not his intention) to the collapse of Communist rule in the Soviet Union and freedom for Eastern Europe. Brown's study also treats China, Cuba, and other Communist countries, but his analysis is especially impressive for the Soviet Union. A seminal work from a distinguished scholar; highly recommended.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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 *