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The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union Guest lecturer 7 May 2008 Ideological environment - Socialism vs Capitalism - A search for new alternatives Soviet Union's absence has changed the world we live in I. What was the Soviet Union? A. Theory behind the state: Communism (marxism/leninism): A way of seeing the world (greek for "theater") - Marxism: Marx had at the core of his vision of communism: make modern life revolutionary (new technology; new industries; urban settings; life becomes alienated; drains the worker) - Marx died in 1883; after his death decades of confusion among Marxists: oppressed workers rise up as one? - Social Democratic Party * Left wing Marxist: what matters most for future of world is revolution ; workers fighting for their freedom * Right wing Marxist: modernity is more important; compromise with existing capitalism and democratic society * Center Position: both revolution and modernity; patience; communist revolution is inevitable; revolutionary waiting B. Communist Party
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2008 for the course SIS 201 taught by Professor Scottradnitz during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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