Ch. 9, Communism and Postcommunism (266-303)

Discussion Questions

  1. Which of the Marxist theory terms on page 271 make(s) the most sense to you? Which make(s) the least sense? Why?
  2. Explain Marx's ideas favorably, then explain them unfavorably.
  3. Was the collapse of communism unavoidable? How so, or why not?
  4. Is communism a good idea that wasn't done well, or a bad idea that couldn't have been done well? Explain your answer.
  5. What would you say are the biggest challenges facing postcommunist states, and why? Be specific.
  6. What best explains the varied experiences of countries transitioning from communism? How might this be helpful information?
  7. Which type of institutional transformation is most important for postcommunist countries? Explain.
  8. Is transitioning from communism more complicated than you expected it to be? How so, or why not?
  9. How would you characterize the prospects for postcommunist states in the coming years, and why?
  10. How would you characterize the prospects for communist ideology in the coming years, and why?

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