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Communism


  • Turn out the Lights: When the Last American Diplomats Fled China

    by Joe Renouard

    The U.S. diplomats who left China in 1949 left oral histories that are now archived at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Their stories warning how how misunderstandings, misplaced hopes, and missed opportunities can poison relations between great powers.



  • The Forgotten Women of the Gulag

    A new book by Monika Zgustova brings the harrowing, heartbreaking history of the Soviet Gulag’s female prisoners to life.



  • The Truth About Stalin’s Prison Camps

    Vera Golubeva spent more than six years in one of Joseph Stalin’s gulag camps. Her crime? “To this day, I still don’t know,” she says.



  • The Price of Self-Delusion

    by Ronald Radosh

    Paul Robeson, the towering figure of American arts, athletics, and civil rights activism, was also an unapologetic Stalinist. Failing to acknowledge this checkered legacy ultimately does a disservice to the goals he fought for.



  • Around the World with Mao Zedong

    by Ian Johnson

    Julia Lovell's "Maoism: A Global History" traces the surprisingly wide influence of Chinese Communism. 



  • Was Eric Hobsbawm a dangerous Communist?

    He was branded a Stalinist, and was spied on for decades by MI5, but was the famous historian a hardliner and renegade? His private papers tell a different story.



  • Communist Parades Gave the CIA What They Needed

    Some of the best opportunities for Western intelligence to get a picture – literally – of Soviet capabilities were presented by the USSR itself at public military parades.


  • The FBI’s Maoist Faction

    by Aaron J. Leonard

    A secret FBI plan to divide the Communist Party of the United States by starting a Maoist faction is finally coming to light.



  • The cautionary tale of the Bolshevik revolution

    by Niall Ferguson

    A century ago it was the West’s great blunder to think it would not matter if Lenin and his confederates took over the Russian Empire. Incredible as it may seem, I believe we are capable of repeating that catastrophic error.