Polish Perspectives on Communism

Polish Perspectives on Communism : An Anthology

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When in the summer of 1920, the Red Army invaded newly independent Poland hoping to use it as a base for carrying out communist revolutions in the West, it met with unexpected resistance not only from the propertied class, but also from peasants and workers. The Poles had a remarkably clear understanding of communism's implications for freedom and human rights. Contributors to Polish Perspectives on Communism accurately grasped, decades before it was actually tried, what communism would mean in practice. These authors-some writing in the mid-1800s-understood the consequences of abolishing property, as preached by the communists, and of their rejection of religion and the rule of law. They anticipated the gruesome features of Leninism-Stalinism long before the collapse of the Soviet Union opened the eyes of its Western admirers. The authors in this anthology dispel the illusion that if communism failed in Russia it was due to an accident of history, having been tried in the wrong country and implemented by incompetent leaders. The evidence presented here should demonstrate that its failure was not only inevitable, but also anticipated long before it occurred.
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  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 137.2 x 218.4 x 20.3mm | 294.84g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739107658
  • 9780739107652

About Bogdan Szlachta

Bogdan Szlachta teaches political science at the Jagellonian University in Krakow.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Poland Facing the Storm Chapter 2 On Communism Chapter 3 The Peasant Question in Poland [...] Chapter 4 A Memorandum for Napoleon III from October 1854 Chapter 5 Russia and Europe, Poland Chapter 6 The Downfall of France and the Future of Europe Chapter 7 The Disease of the Age Chapter 8 Bolshevism and Bolshviks in Russia Chapter 9 On Bolshevism Chapter 10 Bolshevism Chapter 11 The Bolshevik State in the Scientific Perspective Chapter 12 Crisis in Contemporary Socialism Chapter 13 Canceling Russia Chapter 14 Can the Socialists Recognize the 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat?' Chapter 15 Draft Constitution Chapter 16 The Political System of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Doctrine and Constitution Chapter 17 Contemporary Crisis of Statehood Chapter 18 On the Communist Question Chapter 19 A Report from a Religious, Scientific, and Social Movement. Bolshevism and Nazism Chapter 20 From the White to the Red Tsardom Chapter 21 Marxist-Leninist Theory of Law Chapter 22 Bolshevism as a Cultural and Civilizational Current Chapter 23 The Red Terror and Tragic Europe. In Defense of Liberalism Chapter 24 Totalitarian States. Lights-Shadows Future Chapter 25 Collectivism and Totalitarianism as Principles of Life Chapter 26 Current Philosophy of Soviet Law and Legal Romanticism Chapter 27 The Psychology of Communism Chapter 28 The Culture of Bolshevism and the Polish Intellectuals Chapter 29 "Polish" Communism Chapter 30 The Left, Religion, Sovietology Chapter 31 Marxism-Leninism and Realism
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