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Totalitarianism and Political ReligionAn Intellectual History$
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A. James Gregor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781305

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781305.001.0001

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Consolidation and Decay

Consolidation and Decay

(p.226) Chapter Nine Consolidation and Decay
Totalitarianism and Political Religion
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This chapter discusses the extinction of fascism and national socialism, and the emergence of political systems, after the Second World War, focusing on the consolidation and spread of Marxist-Leninist communism to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Marxism-Leninism was institutionalized in the Soviet Union with Josef Stalin its consecrated leader. Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries also acceded to power around the globe. Mao Zedong announced the victory of revolutionary Marxism in China in 1949, and Fidel Castro brought Caribbean communism to Cuba in 1959. The chapter also provides a brief account of Marxist-Leninist decay as a scientific theory of history at the end of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   fascism, national socialism, Second World War, Marxist-Leninist, communism, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro

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