The topic is one of almost unlimited scope, given the time span (since Marx) and the number of countries where communist parties have been active. Some important countries are omitted (e.g., China, Japan, several Middle East states) and some get less than adequate treatment (e.g., Germany, Italy, South Africa, Mexico), but in general the coverage is thorough and competent. In some ways the chosen theme of "coalition strategy" merely means packaging familiar material on communist party history in a different way, yet it provides a useful means of comparison and of reaching conclusions on Soviet policy. The emphasis throughout the book on nationalism and its impact on communist strategy is very much to the point.
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