This book reassesses the impact that the Soviet communist experiment had during its lifetime and its continuing influence today. World politics in the twentieth century were in large part determined by events that took place in the former Soviet Union after 1917 when the Bolsheviks set about creating an alternative system to capitalism. The ensuing long era of contestation between the Soviet Union and the West finally came to an end with the demise of communism as a powerful alternative ideology in the 1980s, and the ensuing unravelling of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991. The influence of the October Revolution in 1917 was pervasive, and although its immediate impact on the subjects of the former Russian Empire was dramatic, the revolution also had profound consequences in wider global politics. Communism was to become the most influential cross-border idea in modern history to challenge both liberal democracy and the organization of world politics.
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