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Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party

A. James McAdams


This book is a sweeping history of one of the most significant political institutions of the modern world. The communist party was a revolutionary idea long before its supporters came to power. The book argues that the rise and fall of communism can be understood only by taking into account the origins and evolution of this compelling idea. It shows how the leaders of parties in countries as diverse as the Soviet Union, China, Germany, Yugoslavia, Cuba, and North Korea adapted the original ideas of revolutionaries like Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin to profoundly different social and cultural se ... More

Keywords: communist party, communism, Soviet Union, China, Germany, Yugoslavia, Cuba, North Korea, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196428
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. James McAdams, author
University of Notre Dame