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The New Communist Third World
The New Communist Third World
Edited by Peter Wiles
St. Martin's, 1982, 392 pp

Addressing a significant gap in comparative economic studies, the several authors describe the economies of the Third World states which have joined the Soviet bloc (Cuba, Vietnam, Mongolia), those of the "new communist Third World" which are not there yet but have proclaimed themselves to be on the Marxist-Leninist road (Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, South Yemen), the "independent Stalinists" (Albania, North Korea), and the "marginals" (Benin, Congo, Madagascar). The emphasis is on the states in the second group, and Peter Wiles breaks a few lances with Arabists and Africanists who tend to doubt the communist character of these states and to doubt the irreversibility of their course.