Note: The article about communism partly translated below is quite extensive in its original Spanish. The journalist traces the colorful history of one of the most powerful political, economic, and social forces in the 20th century which brought ruin to many.
Título: Cien años de comunismo
Headline: One hundred years of communism
The Russian Revolution and the Soviet system shaped the 20th century and, although
faded, it bequeathed the belief in an alternative to the dominant model. The Russian Revolution forever changed the course of the 20th century.
[Read the previous Spanish translation about Avianca, Colombia’s main airline]
Eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm, who reeled off carefully the history of the Soviet Union in what was called the ”short twentieth century,” said that news of the Russian Revolution had such an impact that it spread among the shepherds of Australia and the miners of Minnesota.
A new State emerged based on a completely different model that captivated the attention of many.
For its advocates and detractors alike, the Russian Revolution unleashed a domino
Communist parties in Europe and nationalist protest movements sprang up from
the decolonization of Asia and Africa.
It also generated reactions such as fascism, anti-communism and a neoliberal counterrevolution, while also promoting the welfare State in Europe and European integration.
Read the original article in Spanish.