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The Black Book of Communism

Crimes, Terror, Repression

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$67.00 • £53.95 • €60.50

ISBN 9780674076082

Publication Date: 10/15/1999


912 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

78 halftones, 6 maps


  • Foreword: The Uses of Atrocity [Martin Malia]
  • Introduction: The Crimes of Communism [Stéphane Courtois]
  • I. A State against Its People: Violence, Repression, and Terror in the Soviet Union [Nicolas Werth]
    • 1. Paradoxes and Misunderstandings Surrounding the October Revolution
    • 2. The Iron Fist of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
    • 3. The Red Terror
    • 4. The Dirty War
    • 5. From Tambov to the Great Famine
    • 6. From the Truce to the Great Turning Point
    • 7. Forced Collectivization and Dekulakization
    • 8. The Great Famine
    • 9. Socially Foreign Elements and the Cycles of Repression
    • 10. The Great Terror (1936–1938)
    • 11. The Empire of the Camps
    • 12. The Other Side of Victory
    • 13. Apogee and Crisis in the Gulag System
    • 14. The Last Conspiracy
    • 15. The Exit from Stalinism
    • Conclusion
  • II. Word Revolution, Civil War, and Terror [Stéphane Courtois, Jean-Louis Panné, and Rémi Kauffer]
    • 1. The Comintern in Action [Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné ]
    • 2. The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain [Stéphane Courtois and Jean-Louis Panné ]
    • 3. Communism and Terrorism [Rémi Kauffer]
  • III. The Other Europe: Victim of Communism [Andrzej Paczkowski and Karel Bartošek]
    • 1. Poland, the “Enemy Nation” [Andrzej Paczkowski]
    • 2. Central and Southeastern Europe [Karel Bartošek]
  • IV. Communism in Asia: Between Reeducation and Massacre [Jean-Louis Margolin and Pierre Rigoulot]
    • Introduction
    • 1. China: A Long March into Night [Jean-Louis Margolin]
    • 2. Crimes, Terror, and Secrecy in North Korea [Pierre Rigoulot]
    • 3. Vietnam and Laos: The Impasse of War Communism [Jean-Louis Margolin]
    • 4. Cambodia: The Country of Disconcerting Crimes [Jean-Louis Margolin]
    • Conclusion
    • Select Bibliography for Asia
  • V. The Third World [Pascal Fontaine, Yves Santamaria, and Sylvain Boulouque]
    • 1. Communism in Latin America [Pascal Fontaine]
    • 2. Afrocommunism: Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique [Yves Santamaria]
    • 3. Communism in Afghanistan [Sylvain Boulouque]
  • Conclusion: Why? [Stéphane Courtois]
  • Notes
  • Index
  • About the Authors

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