Livre Noir Du Communisme: Crimes, Terreur, Répression

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Harvard University Press, 1999 - History - 858 pages
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Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experienceâe"in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin's destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao's Red Guards.

As the death toll mountsâe"as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and onâe"the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

 

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

As the Beatles' song goes on to say, "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow." Unfortunately, those who blatantly profess their allegiance to ... Read full review

THE BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM: Crimes, Terror, Repression

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A unique attempt by French historians—as important in its way as the works of Solzhenitsyn—to chronicle the crimes of communism wherever it has attained power in the world. Not the least remarkable ... Read full review

Contents

The Crimes of Communism
1
Paradoxes and Misunderstandings Surrounding
39
The Iron Fist of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
53
The Red Terror
71
The Dirty War
81
From Tambov to the Great Famine
108
The Comintern in Action
271
The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain
333
A Long March into Night
463
Crimes Terror and Secrecy in North Korea
547
The Impasse of War Communism
565
The Country of Disconcerting Crimes
577
Communism in Latin America
647
Ethiopia Angola and Mozambique
683
Communism in Afghanistan
705
Why?
727

Communism and Terrorism
353
Poland the Enemy Nation
363
Central and Southeastern Europe
394
Between Reeducation and Massacre
457
Notes
759
Index
823
About the Authors
857
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About the author (1999)

Stéphane Courtois is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, and editor of the journal Communisme.

Mark Kramer is director and writer-in-residence of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University.
Wendy Call is a freelance writer and editor based in Seattle. She has been a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs in southern Mexico and a Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

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