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Join JPII Institute’s online mini course on 'Communism - the history of Communism in Europe and Poland’ in February

Every Wednesday, from Feb. 7 to 28, 6:30 – 8 p.m. CST

map of CommunismJoin the University of St. Thomas-Houston John Paul II Institute’s mini course, “Communism," on the history of Communism in Europe and Poland, will be held 6:30 - 8 p.m., every Wednesday, from Feb. 7 to 28. This class will explore communism — a revolutionary creed and deeds, including its ancient roots, recent antecedents, dogmatic theories, and violent practice, both on the way to power and in government. In the 19th century Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were the most prominent preachers of social democracy and revolution.

·         First, we shall delve into ancient beliefs, including gnosticism and related phenomena, including antinomian sects of various periods and hues: from antiquity to modern times. We shall focus on their links, direct and indirect, to communism.

·         Second, we shall address the fertile context of the 18th and 19th centuries, including intellectual movements like the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Positivism as well as various thought systems and ideas stemming from them, like cameralism and Darwinism, which informed communism.

·         Third, we shall scrutinize communism’s revolutionary march to power: first in Russia, and then elsewhere in the world.

·         Fourth, we shall examine communism in power, including its harvest of death.

·         Fifth, we shall have a look at post-communism.

Register for the course here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communism-tickets-795337414617?aff=oddtdtcreator.

Zdjecie M. ChodakiewiczThe class is taught by Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, who currently serves as a professor of History at The Institute of World Politics, where he holds the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. He also leads the Institute’s Center for Intermarium Studies. He was formerly an assistant professor of History of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also served as a visiting professor of history at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Chodakiewicz has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. While at the University of Virginia, he edited the Kosciuszko Chair’s bulletin: Nihil Novi. He writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation internet hub. He has also published on foreign policy in various venues, including “The Journal of World Affairs,” “American Spectator,” and “National Review Online.”

His interests include the post-Soviet zone, World War II and its aftermath, Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, Western civilization and its intellectual tradition, extremist movements in history, conspiracy theory and practice, and comparative civilizations.