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A discussion of the Communist concept of war and of how it differs from Western ideas on the subject. The diversity of Western views on the causes, functions, and potential eradicability of war in human society is contrasted with the relatively narrow but more cohesive Communist interpretation. The development of Communist views on the relationship of war to revolution and politics is considered, as well as the Marxist-Leninist classification or typology of war and the question of prescribed Communist attitudes toward wars of various types. 47 pp. Ref.

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