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What Is Trotskyism?

Leon Trotsky regarded himself as an orthodox Marxist-Leninist or Leninist and advocated the establishment of an avant-garde party that would use all necessary means to impose socialism. During his early involvement in Russian socialist politics, Trotsky with Vladimir Lenin clashed over the organization of revolutionary parties, but such clashes served Stalin well since he portrayed

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What Is The Cold War?

From 1946 to 1991 the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies were locked into a long, tense conflict known as the Cold War. Historians disagree on a date, but it is widely believed that the 1947 Truman Doctrine war lasted until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Although the parties were nominally

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What Is The Nazino Affair?

The disastrous situation on Nazino Island ended for the Soviet authorities at the beginning of June when the settlement was dissolved and the surviving 2,856 deported were transferred to a smaller settlement on the other side of the Nazina River, so that 157 deportees could not be relocated from the island for health reasons. The

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What Is Fascism?

Fascism is generally defined as a political movement that embraces the idea of an authoritarian government overseen by a central authority such as the state, the military, or the judiciary and police. Before you think about using the term, you should know what fascism really means. Fascists are firmly opposed to Marxism, liberalism, and democracy,

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What Is Communism?

Communism, a political and economic doctrine, aims to replace private property and profit – based economies – with public ownership of means of production, public education, and public health and welfare. Marx, like most 19th-century writers, tended to use the terms communism and socialism interchangeably. Communism, according to its proponents, is therefore a form of

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