With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. He bears some resemblance to Dostoevsky, who was a fervent Christian and patriot and a rabid anti-Semite. Born in Poland, Richard Pipes fled the country with his family when Germany invaded it in 1939. From the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles comes an exploration of a promising theory that when put to practice wreaked havoc on the world. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. The Pipes committee, called Team B, claimed all kinds of Soviet military expansion and advancement, most of which were later proved false. [7] Pipes was a member of the Committee on the Present Danger from 1977 until 1992 and belonged to the Council of Foreign Relations. Communism: A History written by Richard Pipes was published by Random House LLC on November 6, 2001. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime?s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. Opere. ISBN: 0297646885: Summary "Beginning with Plato and the first expressions of a utopian vision of a property-less society, Richard Pipes describes Communism's historical antecedents, through to Marx, Engels and the birth of 'communism' as a theory calling for the abolition of property and a call to arms. To see what your friends thought of this book, Some interesting facts and points, particularly at the start, but then it just turns into a tirade about why capitalism is good and communism is wrong, by the end I was not just angry but flabbergasted, especially about his positive reference to the Pinochet coup in Chile and how they delat with the Allende regime, I'm surprised the author has any credibility in academic circles by the one sided nature of this treatise. [36] He was a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. During the 1970s, he was an advisor to Washington Senator Henry M. Jackson. Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Interview with Pipes, conducted by William F. 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Also I would like to mention that Pipes is really hard on Lenin. Refresh and try again. [44][45], Pipes, Richard. 21–28, from. [42][43], Pipes died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 17, 2018 at the age of 94. The White House and the "incensed" State Department issued statements repudiating Pipes' statements. From one of our greatest historians, a magnificent reckoning with the modern world's most fateful idea.With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. Born in Poland, Richard Pipes fled the country with his family when Germany invaded it in 1939. I wanted to read a book about communism after serving my mission in Hungary and seeing the aftermath. "Four Sovietologists: A Primer. Author of twenty-seven books, Pipes was also a nuclear weapons consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency and a National Security Council advisor to Ronald Reagan.. Author of twenty-seven books, Pipes was also a nuclear weapons consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency and a National Security Council advisor to Ronald Reagan.. I love the amount of fact. It has nothing to do with blood. Thankfully, Richard Pipes wrote this simple book that is able to explain the history, the implementation, and the effects of Communism. Pipes, Richard, "Vixi: The Memoirs of a Non-Belonger", 2003. Generally, the book is a good overview of Communism history. He completed his bachelor's degree at Cornell in 1946 and earned his doctorate at Harvard University four years later. An incredible little read! Richard Pipes scrisse 21 libri e fu membro di molti comitati editoriali. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. During the 1970s and 1980s, Pipes was also a significant figure in the formulation of American foreign policy. In 1981–82 he served as President Reagan’s National Security… More about Richard Pipes Australian/Harvard Citation. By Richard Pipes. He serve. [13], Pipes called Team B's evidence "soft. Writing of Solzhenitsyn's novel, August 1914 in The New York Times on November 13, 1985, Pipes commented: "Every culture has its own brand of anti-Semitism. Pipes, Richard. a gratuitous contribution by a lying CIA thug. "[18], Pipes stressed that the Soviet Union was an expansionist, totalitarian state bent on world conquest. Born in Poland, Richard Pipes fled the country with his family when Germany invaded it in 1939. Recipients honored for outstanding cultural contributions". Richard Pipes, the most prolific of a generation of anticommunist cold warriors, has died. The Formation of the Soviet Union: Communism and Nationalism, 1917–1923. Communism: A Brief History by Richard Pipes Beginning with Plato and the first expressions of a utopian vision of a property-less society, Pipes describes communism's historical antecedents, through to Marx, Engels and the birth of communism' as a theory of class relations and a call to arms. Traces the history of communism from the antecedents of Karl Marx, through its spread to Russia and adoption by a group of radical intellectuals led by Lenin, to the fall of the Soviet empire and beyond Pipes taught at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. By Richard Pipes. 84–88, from, Szeftel, Marc, "Two Negative Appraisals of Russian Pre-Revolutionary Development", pp. Obviously when you read the author's b. In his popular book, Communism: A History, Richard Pipes rattles off an impressive list of names he associates with the idea of communism, including poets Hesiod, Virgil and Ovid; philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; and in later years, the utopian St. Thomas More and many others. [34] He also stated that their attempt at "history from below" only obfuscated the fact that "Soviet citizens were the helpless victims of a totalitarian regime driven primarily by a lust for power."[35]. He acted as senior consultant at the Stanford Research Institute from 1973 to 1978. Richard Pipes sets out to answer whether the failure of Communism "was due to human error or to flaws inherent in its very nature." ― Richard Pipes, Communism: A History. For most of the 20th century, it held much of the globe in its fatal grip: The utopian ideology is responsible for nearly 100 million deaths, which is 50 percent more than the number of people killed in the two world wars combined. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. Entdecken Sie "Communism" von Richard Pipes und finden Sie Ihren Buchhändler. is of signal importance. ISBN: 0297646885: Summary "Beginning with Plato and the first expressions of a utopian vision of a property-less society, Richard Pipes describes Communism's historical antecedents, through to Marx, Engels and the birth of 'communism' as a theory calling for the abolition of property and a call to arms. It has 175 pages with 157 pages of actual reading on communism, excluding the preface. Pipes continues to write more on the subject, perhaps even something fictionalized to attract more readers. Whereas my argument is that it has deep roots in Russian history. Richard Edgar Pipes (Polish: Ryszard Pipes; July 11, 1923 – May 17, 2018) was an American academic who specialized in Russian history, particularly with respect to the Soviet Union, who espoused a strong anti-communist point of view throughout his career. If it were given to every college student, it would go a long way to inoculating them from the tired communist cheerleading emanating from most college professors today. His arguments become weak in those respect. Pipes continues to write more on the subject, perhaps even something fictionalized to attract more readers. A short book that you should give to every college student to counter all the Marxism-Leninism thrust on them. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. Also, it is well written and easy to read. This book examines why Communism - in all it's earthly iterations - has been a dismal failure. New York, NY, Vintage Books, 1995 1. Unsurprisingly, it argued that the National Intelligence Estimate on the Soviet Union, generated yearly by the CIA, underestimated both Soviet military strategy and ambition[10] and misinterpreted Soviet strategic intentions. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review. Only worth reading as a way of understanding the blinkered viewpoint of the. Bush at the urging of the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) as a competitive analysis exercise. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. August 5th 2003 With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. . Perhaps some more time could have been spent detailing the West's interactions with Communist states so as to provide a more holistic understanding of the international implications of warring economic, political philosophies. A campaigner for a tougher foreign policy towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War, in 1976, he led a group of analysts in a reassessment of Soviet foreign policy and military power. Perhaps some more time could have been spent detailing the West's interactions with Communist. About Richard Pipes. Pipes (The Russian Revolution) focuses much of the book on his own field of specialty the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. [citation needed] In Pipes' opinion, Muscovy differed from every other State in Europe in that it had no concept of private property, and that everything was regarded as the property of the Grand Duke/Tsar. He served on a number of editorial boards including that of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. Richard Pipes was born in Cieszyn, Poland to an assimilated Jewish family (whose name had originally been spelled "Piepes"). With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. From one of our greatest historians, a magnificent reckoning with the modern world's most fateful idea.With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. [2] By Pipes's own account, during his childhood and youth, he never thought about the Soviet Union; the major cultural influences on him were Polish and German. [citation needed] In Pipes' view, this separate path undertaken by Russia (possibly under Mongol influence) ensured that Russia would be an autocratic state with values fundamentally dissimilar from those of Western civilization. . The focus was on Russia and Lenin and Stalin. His hope was that it would produce a much more aggressive assessment of Soviet Union military capabilities. New books! It is easy to read and explains the entire movement from Marx to 1991. I'd enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who is as curious on this subject as myself. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press. For historians of the left even to raise the question of affinities between Soviet Communism and ‘Fascism’ is tantamount to conceding the possibility of a causal relationship. 1954. [21], The writings of Richard Pipes have provoked criticism in the academic community, for example in The Russian Review. I sincerely hope that Mr. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. In this revealing account, Richard Pipes tells how the Communists exploited the new nationalism of the peoples of the Ukraine, Belorussia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Volga–Ural area—first to seize power and then to expand into the borderlands. This book covered Lenin and Stalin in Russia, as well as a little of Mao Ze Dang in China, and Fidel Castro in Cuba. He completed his bachelor's degree at Cornell in 1946 and earned his doctorate at Harvard Univers. The proper indictment of a rotten ideology that enslaved and murdered millions of people, this book's concise expose and explanation of an idea in theory and practice is a definite must read. In 1976, he headed Team B, a team of analysts organized by the Central Intelligence Agency who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership. 192 p. ISBN 0-679-64050-9. This book answers a lot of questions I've had and fills in a lot of gaps in my understanding of it. Pipes had an extensive list of honors, including: Honorary Consul of the Republic of Georgia, Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Learning (PAU), Commander's Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Honorary DHL at Adelphi College, Honorary LLD at Muskingum College, Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Silesia, Szczecin University, and the University of Warsaw. He was educated at Muskingum College, Cornell University, and Harvard University. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. [citation needed] In Pipes's view, the Revolution was a total disaster, as it allowed a small section of the fanatical intelligentsia to carry out policies that were completely unrealistic. He was the Frank B. Baird, Jr. I found the part on Maoism most curious; especially western intellectuals particular fascination with such a willing murderer. Communism: A History | Richard Pipes | download | Z-Library. I've never understood just how the system spread globally, but the author easily explicates former Soviet preeminence and the functions of the Comintern. Short and to the point. Some interesting facts and points, particularly at the start, but then it just turns into a tirade about why capitalism is good and communism is wrong, by the end I was not just angry but flabbergasted, especially about his positive reference to the Pinochet coup in Chile and how they delat with the Allende regime, I'm surprised the author has any credibility in academic circles by the one sided nature of this treatise. Richard Pipes, who has died aged 94, was a historian of the Soviet Union whose anti-Communism was so strident that many of his fellow historians warned their students not to read him; In 1981 and 1982 he served as a member of the National Security Council, holding the post of Director of East European and Soviet Affairs under President Ronald Reagan. Pipes is known for arguing that the origins of the Soviet Union can be traced to the separate path taken by 15th-century Muscovy, in a Russian version of the Sonderweg thesis. This book definitely has some interesting research, but I found that the thesis was not well proven overall. . With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. Above all else, Pipes does well in revealing Communist parties not as adherents to Marxist canon but self-serving interests (much like all political groups). 74–87, from, This page was last edited on 2 January 2021, at 21:41. With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. [citation needed] Pipes argued that this "patrimonialism" of Imperial Russia started to break down when Russian leaders attempted to modernize in the 19th century, without seeking to change the basic "patrimonial" structure of Russian society. . If it were given to every college student, it would go a long way to inoculating them from the tired communist cheerleading emanating from most college professors today. This is the story of how the agitation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, two mid-nineteenth-century European thinkers and writers, led to a great and terrible world religion that brought down a mighty empire, consumed the world in conflict, and left in its wake a devastation whose full costs can only now be tabulated. It's a good summary of what happened, but does not dive into the topic. The Russian Revolution. Annual Spring Lecturer of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute, Walter Channing Cabot Fellow of Harvard University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Guggenheim Fellow (twice), Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and recipient of the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association. [20], In 1992, Pipes served as an expert witness in the Constitutional Court of Russia's trial of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. A system of ideas took control of intellectuals and revolutionaries across the world, but in unindustrialized nations communism was able to achieve power and wrecked horrible suffering on those unlucky enough to be born within its grasp.Richard Pipes does an excellent service by providing the reader with a concise history of Communism. Honorary Doctor of Political Science from the Tbilisi (Georgia) School of Political Studies. A very brief history of the USSR, the reception in the west, and brief mentionings of communism in the east. Pipes has an obvious anticommunist bent, and he has a way of distorting or "cherry-picking" facts to fit his ideas. It solidified my belief in the wickedness of the communist system. Steven M. Chermak, Frankie Y. Bailey, Michelle Brown. He was a member of the advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. . Super informative and telling of the history of communism without complicated language; an easier read than most academic articles about the history of communism I have been assigned in classes. According to Richard Pipes, the distinguished scholar on Russian and Soviet history, the attempt to construct a communist society as rapidly as possible “left Russia’s economy in shambles.” . $40.00. xii, 355. It lies in its being that its goal can never be attained and made total but must remain a tendency, a claim to rule. We cannot yet even imagine how the post-Communist Welcome back. "[30][31], Other critics have written that Pipes wrote at length about what Pipes described as Vladimir Lenin's unspoken assumptions and conclusions while neglecting what Lenin actually said. Pp. In 2010, Pipes received the medal "Bene Merito" awarded by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Critique of Richard Pipes' The Russian Revolution PETER KENEZ Richard Pipes. He was the director of Harvard's Russian Research Center from 1968 to 1973 and later Baird Professor Emeritus of History at Harvard University. Even now Castro can't be praised enough. Obviously communism failed, but Jesus Christ this book is biased. Richard Pipes was so opposed to communism and the Soviet regime that he was hand-picked by the US government in the 1970s, to lead an independent committee examining Soviet weapons levels. . Richard Pipes was for many years a professor of history at Harvard University. I guess the entire Russian subcontinent, or Eastern Europe is not enough apparently. Pp. I sincerely hope that Mr. An erudite yet readable introduction to the economic theory that grew into the 20th century’s worst political nightmare, by distinguished historian Pipes (Prosperity and Freedom, 1999, etc. At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human society ever attempted by a nation-state. Download books for free. Please see Wikipedia's template documentation for further citation fields that may be required. [citation needed] In Pipes's opinion, this separate course undertaken by Russia over the centuries made Russia uniquely open to revolution in 1917. It summarizes the main criticisms of communism, and offers his explanation why the communist regimes of the past failed and the horrors it inflicted on people. As Harvard University professor Richard Pipes shows in Communism: A Brief History, the tragedy of Communism is that its history was anything but brief. Here is the history of the disintegration of the Russian Empire, and the emergence, on its ruins, of a multinational Communist state. New year! In 1981 and 1982 he served as a … 2001, Communism : a brief history / Richard Pipes Weidenfeld & Nicolson London. At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human society ever attempted by a nation-state. If it were given to every college student, it would go a long way to inoculating them from the tired communist cheerleading emanating from most college professors today. Wikipedia Citation. [15] In 1986, Pipes maintained that Team B contributed to creating more realistic defense estimates.[16]. Here is the history of the disintegration of the Russian Empire, and the emergence, on its ruins, of a multinational Communist state. Richard Pipes has laid out in this short book, the most insightful and concise history and analysis of communism ever written. Their son Daniel Pipes is a scholar of Middle Eastern affairs. [4][5] Pipes became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1943 while serving in the United States Army Air Corps. [14], According to Pipes, "Team B was appointed to look at the evidence and to see if we could conclude that the actual Soviet strategy is different from ours, i.e. . 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