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The Rise of Communism: From Marx to Lenin

Travel back to the turbulent decades in modern history that would give rise to communism: a series of events that led to a political movement of uncompromising scope—and suffering.

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h********m
November 13, 2019

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t********m
November 10, 2019
Good, almost great course. Professor Liulevicius is at his best when relaying facts, which he does in an engaging and clear way. Less memorable perhaps is his attempts to speculate on the personalities of historical figures. Rosa Luxemburg had a special relationship with her cat? What is the insight here? The first four lectures on Marx might have been better. Marx lacked a theory of the state to provide regulation and to provide stabilization via concessions to labor. These details are provided in later lectures. Why not in context? Likewise Lenin's quip about the postal service is out of context. Descriptions like thundered and smelly sneak in and don't add much. This said the lectures pick up around episode five and become quite detailed. Close to five starts but sometimes rhetorical speculative or anachronistic. Nevertheless looking forward to more. On balance very good stuff.

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d********m
November 10, 2019

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