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Friday, July 18, 2003

should old acquaintances be forgot...

 
Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, Ceausescu, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Salvador Allende, Mengistu, Castro, Kim Il-sung: the list of murderous communist leaders is long, diverse and profoundly multicultural. Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, Angola, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Chile, Cuba: the list of countries that have attempted to create communist societies is equally broad.

Looking back over the 20th century, it is stunning, in retrospect, to think how far and how fast communist revolutions spread, in such a relatively short period of time. It is no less stunning to think that the ideas of an exiled German philosopher, a failure in his own country, were put to the test over and over again, in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, in Christian, Buddhist, Confucian and animist societies.

In fact, we are only now beginning to understand the depth and breadth of the international communist movement, only beginning to calculate the damage it inflicted. Recently, a group of French scholars made a first attempt to add up the numbers who died in communist revolutions, concentration camps, artificial famines, mass murders. The result, entitled The Black Book of Communism, produced a total figure of 100 million.


Ann Applebaum

Read her review of Comrades: the Rise and Fall of World Communism by Robert Harvey here


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