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Red Star Over the Third World
From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October Revolution inspired millions of people beyond the territory of Russia. The Revolution proved that the masses could not only overthrow autocratic governments, but also form an opposing government in their own image. The new idea that the working class and the peasantry could be allied, combined with the clear strength and necessity of a vanguard party, guided multiplying revolutions across the globe.
This book explains the ideological power of the October Revolution in the Global South. From Ho Chi Minh to Fidel Castro, to reflections on polycentric Communism and collective memories of Communism, it shows how, for a brief moment, another world was possible.
It is not a comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope - that a new generation will come to see the importance of this revolutionary spirit for the working class and peasantry in the parts of the world that suffered under the heel of colonial domination for centuries.
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'An almost perfect mix of history and analysis in this slender book ... packs a revolutionary punch' -- Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch 'An original and much needed analysis of an important but neglected aspect of the legacy of the Russian Revolution. Prashad insightfully explains how Lenin's development of Marxist theory has inspired revolutionary practice in the Third World. Essential reading' -- Mary Davis, Marx Memorial Library 'This is the real story of the Russian Revolution and no one tells it more powerfully, poetically, and honestly than Vijay Prashad' -- Robin D. G. Kelley, author of 'Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination'