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World Communism F Borkenau 1939 436pgs COM

World Communism F Borkenau 1939 436pgs COM

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WORLD
COMMUNISM
A History of The Communist International
By F
. BORKENAU
W
W
. NORTON & COMPANY, INC
.
PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK
 
First Published, 1939 by
W
. W
. Norton & Company, Inc
.
7o Fifth Avenue, New YorkAll Rights Reserved
This book was published in England
under the title ofThe Communist International
Printed in Great Britain
 
PREFACE
A
few years ago there would have been little point in writing
a history of the Communist International
. As recently as
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there was not a single country outside Russia where the com-munists counted as a political force
. But since 1934 the Com-
munist International has evolved a new policy, has claimed todefend democracy, has sought alliances of the closest kind withthe democratic parties of various countries, and has, during
this latest period, increased very considerably in
strength
.
To-day it is again important to know the Communist Inter-
national
. This conclusion was forced on me with particular
strength when, during my field-study of the political and socialproblems of the Spanish civil war, I realized how important a
force the Communist International had once more become
.
The one correct approach to an understanding
of theComintern seems to me to be an historical account of it
.
Communism is not one of those stable forces which are to-day
what they were decades ago
. It has repeatedly changed its
whole policy, all its leading staffs, has risen high and fallen
deep
; and these evolutions are not yet at an end. Only a studyof its history gives a chance to find the law which stands behind
these apparently unconnected changes
. And a history of the
Communist International is the more necessary because the
communists themselves, owing to the rapid and violent changesof their policies, do not like to recall, during one phase, whatthey have done in earlier phases. Yet only the whole of theirhistory can give a correct idea of what they are
. It is a history
little known to the public at large, but least of all to the
members of the communist parties themselves, who are never
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