When the first edition of this book was published in 1982, ‘communist’ regimes ruled over one third of the globe. The Degenerated Revolution was unique on the left in predicting the decline and fall of these apparently powerful states.
Just ten years later, virtually all these regimes had collapsed, shaken to their foundations by mass uprisings that challenged dictatorship, oppression, and privilege.
This edition includes new material charting the development of the Stalinist states in the decades after the Second World War, explaining not only their early rapid economic development but also the subsequent irreversible decline towards stagnation.
It then analyses the desperate attempts of the bureaucratic regimes to save themselves via “market reforms” before analysing the dynamics and political currents that emerged in the revolutionary upheavals after 1989.
The Degenerated Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Stalinist States, D. Hughes and P. Main, eds.; Prinkipo 2011; 584pp; £12.99 inc. P&P