Silvio Pons and Robert Service (eds): A Dictionary of 20th Century Communism

Companion to a collapse

Stuart Macintyre


A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism
edited by Silvio Pons and Robert Service, translated by Mark Epstein and Charles Townsend
Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $149 hb, 959 pp, 9780691135854


This mammoth book, first published in Italy in 2006, now appears in an English translation. It consists of some four hundred entries on communism as a world movement. The entries cover aspects of communist theory and practice, organisations and institutions, historical events, leading figures, and key concepts. They range in length from less than a thousand to four thousand words.

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Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He is a co-editor of The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 4, 1800–1945, which is to appear later this year, and is currently working on a history of postwar reconstruction.

Published in March 2011 no. 329

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