Socialism: A Very Short Introduction

Socialism: A Very Short Introduction

3.62 (440 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


What is socialism? Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century? Michael Newman examines and explains the successes and failures of modern socialism by taking an international perspective - ranging from communism in Cuba to social democracy in Sweden. Discussing its evolution from the industrial towns of the 19th century to its response to the feminist, green, and anti-capitalist movements today, Newman concludes that, with its values of equality, solidarity, and cooperation, socialism remains as relevant as ever but that it needs to learn lessons from the past. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 110 x 170 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 black and white
  • 0192804316
  • 9780192804310
  • 64,190

About Michael Newman

Michael Newman is Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University, where he is also Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies and Director of the London European Research Centre. His previous publications include Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press) and Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (Hurst).show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Socialist traditions ; 2. Cuban communism and Swedish social democracy ; 3. New Lefts - enrichment and fragmentation ; 4. Socialism today and tomorrow ; Further readingshow more

Review quote

"well written and enjoyable to read." * Giles Bentley, Socialist Review *show more

Review Text

"well written and enjoyable to read." Giles Bentley, Socialist Reviewshow more

Rating details

440 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 16% (71)
4 40% (174)
3 37% (162)
2 6% (25)
1 2% (8)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X