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From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October
Revolution inspired millions of people beyond the territory of
Russia. The Revolution proved that the masses could not only
overthrow autocratic governments, but also form an opposing
government in their own image. The new idea that the working class
and the peasantry could be allied, combined with the clear strength
and necessity of a vanguard party, guided multiplying revolutions
across the globe.
This book explains
the ideological power of the October Revolution in the Global South.
From Ho Chí Minh to Fidel Castro, to reflections on polycentric
Communism and collective memories of Communism, it shows how, for a
brief moment, another world was possible.
It is not a
comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope – that a
new generation will come to see the importance of this revolutionary
spirit for the working class and peasantry in the parts of the world
that suffered under the heel of colonial domination for centuries.