Communism and Globalization: the Story of Europe and China | ThinkIN China


by Project Pengyou on December 16th, 2014   5754 views

When and Where

  • 16/12/2014
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Bridge Cafe
    12-8 Huaqing JIayuan, Wudaokou;, Beijing, China
    Beijing
    China
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Communism and Globalization:  the Story of Europe and China | ThinkIN China

Event Details

We are pleased to invite you to the next ThinkIN China event #41,
on Tuesday, December 16th.

We are pleased to invite you to the next ThinkIN China event #41,
on Tuesday, December 16th.

It will be the last event of this Winter Season,
so join us for a warm goodbye before the holidays!

Communism and Globalization:
the Story of Europe and China

 

Date:     December 16th, 2014
Time:    19:00
Venue:  The Bridge Cafe Rm 8, Bldg 12, Chengfu Lu 成府路五道口华清嘉园12号楼8号

Wang Qisheng 王奇生
Department of History, Peking University
Silvio Pons Director, Gramsci Institute

“During the age of wars from 1914 to 1945, the establishment of the Soviet state in Russia and the birth of the communist movement had an enormous impact because of their promise of world revolution and international civil war. Such perspective appeared even more plausible in the aftermath of the Second World War and of revolution in China, which paved the way for the expansion of communism in the post-colonial world. Communism challenged the West in the Cold War – by means of anti-capitalist modernization and anti-imperialist mobilization – showing itself to be a powerful factor in the politicization of global trends. However, the international legitimacy of communism declined rapidly in the post-war era. Soviet power exposed its inability to exercise hegemony, as distinct from domination. The consequences of Sovietization in Europe and the break between the Soviet Union and China were the primary reasons for the decline of communist influence and appeal. Since communism lost its political credibility and cultural cohesion, its global project had failed. The ground was prepared for the devastating impact of Western globalization on communist regimes in Europe and the Soviet Union.”

(Silvio Pons,  The Global Revolution. A History of International Communism1917-1991, Oxford University Press, 2014)

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