From the utopian communities of 19th century America to the eighteen different Communist Parties contesting democratic elections in Nepal today; from the brave women warriors of the Filipino and Malayan Communist Parties to the fiercely independent Global South leaders who charted unique courses for their Communist Parties and countries, this course invites students to take a deep dive into the history of one of the most influential schools of thought that have shaped our modern world. Students will familiarize themselves with the works of key communist figures from around the globe in the historical and political contexts in which they lived and struggled. By showcasing the incredible diversity of communist theories, systems, experiences, and personalities, while providing analytical tools and documentary resources, History of International Communism will help students grow as critical readers and knowledge producers through facilitating lively and informed debate and praxis of communist thought and history. In the end, the course will help students to reflect upon Vietnam’s own communist past, present, and future under the specter of international communism with greater clarity and wisdom. The course will be accompanied by a parallel series of non-compulsory, bi-weekly film screenings at night open to all who want to attend for extra credits.

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Fall 22




Hoang Vu


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