Myth, Manifesto, Meltdown: Communist Strategy, 1848-1991 (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 244 pages
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Collins traces "Communist" strategy in the so-called "Cold War" from its ideological roots, through its successes, to the system's collapse. He demonstrates that Communist ideology made the Cold War inevitable, shaped Communist strategy and the resultant structure and purpose of Communist states, and assured that "Soviet" and other Communist states and party strategies would be subsets of a larger Communist world strategy. Collins challenges American perception and conduct of the Cold War as essentially a conflict between "Great Powers" in a "bipolar" world, demonstrating that it was in fact a real war, with its objective to create a Communist world. He illuminates the central role of internal strategy conflicts in fractionating the Communist world, and the direct linkage between the failure of Communist world strategy and the system's collapse. This is a major synthesis that will be of interest to scholars and researchers of international Communism and security issues as well as lay readers.
  

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Contents

Prologue The Study of War
1
Ideological Roots Marxism
7
Ideological Roots Leninism
13
Leninism as World Strategy
25
Lenin Sounds Retreat
35
Stalins Strategic Direction
43
The Strategy of Influence
51
Communist Strategy in World War II
69
Khrushchevs Grand Strategy
127
The Return to Rigidity
139
Military Strategy 19641989
157
Ideological Political and Economic Decline
171
The Meltdown of the Myth
185
Epilogue
207
Notes
211
Selected Bibliography
233

Stalins Postwar Offensive
83
The PostStalin Strategy Struggle
107

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About the author (1998)

Collins is former Deputy Director for Foreign Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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