Companion to a collapse
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.