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In 1943 the American Communist Party was a large, politically influential, broadly based movement. In 1957 it was a small, weak, and isolated political sect. The Party's decline in the intervening Cold War years is the subject of this book-an analysis of a major radical movement that touched millions of Americans and pervaded many aspects of American life.
The author, at one time active in the Party and foreign editor of its paper, the Daily Worker, and now a scholar and professor of political science, has combined personal experience with careful scholarship to analyze what happened to a revolutionary organization that found itself unable to make a revolution. His approach is not autobiographical, but rather analytical.
Mr. Starobin places the Party in its historical and political context and describes its unsuccessful efforts to adapt to the demands of the American political situation. Throughout the book are fresh interpretations of important events: the struggle in 1945 between Earl Browder and William Z. Foster for leadership of the Party, the outcome of which had a profound effect on the Party's future course; the nature of Browder's policies and Moscow's eventual rejection of him; the Henry Wallace movement of 1948; the right-left battle within the CIO in the late forties; the "Communist conspiracy" problem of the fifties; the Party's relationship with the Soviet Communists; the origins of the "Black liberation movement."
The author's basic conclusion is that American Communists were on their way to becoming an authentic and powerful radical movement in American life but were defeated by a basic contradiction: they could not continue to be part of a world movement dominated by Leninist concepts and yet consolidate their relative success within the United States, where these concepts were not applicable. To survive, the Party had to change. It had to anticipate by fifteen years and to endure the two tendencies that would develop within world Communism: the Russian quasi-revolutionary strain and the Chinese ultra-revolutionary. It tried, Mr. Starobin shows, and it failed.
American Communism in Crisis, 1943-1957 will interest not only history-minded readers but also anyone concerned today with social change. The book has much to say to the new left-giving historical material necessary for an understanding of its past and its potential.
L'autore: Joseph R. Starobin is Associate Professor of Political Science, Glendon College, York University, Toronto.
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Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1975. Condizione libro: Good. First edition.. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP8552917
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1975. Condizione libro: Good. First edition.. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP92583075
Descrizione libro University of California Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Codice libro della libreria 2710131235
Descrizione libro Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Univ of California Pr, 1975. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Fair. No Jacket. American Communism in Crisis, 1943-1957 (ISBN: 0520027965 / 0-520-02796-5) Starobin, Joseph R., Univ of California Pr, 1975, 331p, trade pb, covers bumped/scuffed/creased, clean text, solid binding, name inscribed front fly---3.25. Codice libro della libreria ABE-1429662790
Descrizione libro University of California Press, US, 1975. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: No DJ. 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches. Pages are clean, binding is sound. Text block is lightly soiled and foxed. Spine is gently creased. Covers are clean but show minor edge wear, and overall light scuffing and rubbing. Codice libro della libreria 11406
Descrizione libro University of California Press, Berkeley, 1975. xvii, 331p., wraps. Codice libro della libreria 3649
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97805200279614.0
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97805200279613.0
Descrizione libro Univ of California Pr, 1975. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Good+. Good+ condition. Light to moderate shelf wear, edge wear, rubbing, creasing on covers. Binding intact. (Y81). Codice libro della libreria 100601241
Descrizione libro University of California Press, 1975. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Codice libro della libreria GD-029-56-5472505