circumstances. It is studied in universities, in rice fields, in factory schools, and on sugar plantations. In one land it is an
authoritative creed; in another it is anathematized and persecuted. It arouses passionate loyalty or heated condemnation, but
it is recognized, even by opponents, to be one of the most significant developments in modern thought."
-Selsam and Martel: Reader in Marxist Philosophy (1964)
In the preceding HISTORICAL SECTION, we have sketched the historical background of the birth and development of
communist eschatology from ancient materialism through current Soviet practice and present plans for the future realization