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By Richard Pipes

With superb authority and readability, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship right into a unmarried centred heritage of Communism, from its hopeful start as a conception to its depressing dying as a tradition. At its center, the e-book is a historical past of the Soviet Union, the main complete reorganization of human society ever tried by way of a countryside. this is often the tale of ways the agitation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, mid-nineteenth-century ecu thinkers and writers, resulted in an exceptional and negative global faith that introduced down a strong empire, fed on the realm in clash, and left in its wake a devastation whose complete charges can in basic terms now be tabulated.

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