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Communism has had a profound influence on Europe from the mid-nineteenth century to the current. In concept, it promised equality and freedom for all. In perform, it spawned inegalitarian, authoritarian and, in a few cases, tremendous regimes in East Europe. Ronald Kowalski re-examines the heritage of ecu Communism, from its theoretical origins within the paintings of Marx and Engels until eventually the cave in of the Soviet Union, and explains why it did not come to strength in West Europe.

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