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TitleWhat You Should Know About Communism - And Why
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Table of Contents
Title Page
The Communist System
Karl Marx and the Start of Communism
From Lenin to Stalin
Purges at Home, Expansion Abroad
The Cold War Under Stalin
Coexistence with Khrushchev
The Many Shades of Communism
Life Under Communism in the Soviet Union
Education, Cultural Life, and Religion in the U.S.S.R.
The Communist Victory in China
The Communist Pattern of Conquest
Why Do Some People Become Communists?
The Might of Communism
The Free World's Response
A Chronology of Communsim
Pronunciation Guide
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A Chronology of Communism
1848 Marx and Engels publish Communist Manifesto
1864 Marx helps organize the First International
1867 Marx publishes Volume 1 of Das Kapital
1889 Followers of Marx organize the Second International
1903 Russian Social Democratic Party split into two groups: Bolsheviks (led by Lenin) and
1914-1917 Russia suffers heavy defeat in World War I
1917 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia gives up his throne
1917 Bolsheviks seize control of Russia's capital
1918-1920 Civil War in Russia, ending in final Bolshevik victory
1919 Lenin sets up the Comintern (Third International)
1921 Lenin starts the New Economic Policy (NEP)
1921 Chinese Communist Party organized
1922 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics organized 1924 Death of Lenin
1928 Collectivization and First Five-Year Plan initiated in U.S.S.R.
1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union's Communist regime
1935-1939 Stalin's purges
1939 Soviet Union and Nazi Germany sign nonaggression pact
1939-1940 Soviet Union takes over parts of Poland and Finland; also
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and northern Romania
1941 Nazi Germany invades Soviet Union
1942-1943 U.S.S.R. armies defeat Germans at Stalingrad
1945 Yalta Conference (Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill) in Soviet Union
1945-1948 Soviets impose Communist rule on eight East European nations
1948 Tito-Stalin break (first split between Communist nations) 1948-1949 Soviet blockade of
West Berlin
1949 Communists conquer China mainland
1949 Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bomb 1950-1953 Korean War
1953 Death of Stalin
1953 Revolt in East Germany crushed by Soviet troops
1955 U.S.S.R. and satellites set up Warsaw Pact
1956 Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Party Congress
1956 Hungarian rebellion crushed by Soviet troops
1957 U.S.S.R. orbits first man-made satellite
1960 Sino-Soviet dispute made public
1961 Communist-built wall divides Berlin
1962 Crisis over Soviet missiles in Cuba
1962 Dispute between Soviet Union and Communist China deepens
1963 Partial nuclear test-ban treaty signed
1964 Khrushchev deposed as Soviet leader
1964 Communist China detonates its first nuclear bomb
1965 Crisis in Vietnam deepens, as Reds step up aggressive acts

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