Daisy Ramirez

Period 3

Honors History

3-07-14




COMMUNISM THROUGH HISTORY


KARL MARX

-Karl Marx is know as the father of communism throughout history. This idea was first seen when the Industrial Revolution was occurring in Great Britain. As factory owners became richer the gap between the poor and the rich widen even more.

- Marx stated, "that man lived in a state of nature that forced man to struggle for survival. To succeed in this struggle, men formed relationships with those who had similar interest, resulting in the formation of classes. According to Marx, the two classes that would fight this revolution would be the proletariat which were factory workers and the bourgeoisie who were factory owners and middle class. Also, Marx did not believe we needed a government to lead us because everyone had the power to rule themselves.

- Once the revolution happened Karl thought that these two groups of people would now get along. The logic behind this idea was that since the revolution was to improve the working conditions of the proletariat's then everyone would be pleased.

-Karl Marx is know as the father of communism throughout history. This idea was first seen when the Industrial Revolution was occurring in Great Britain. As factory owners became richer the gap between the poor and the rich widen even more.

- Marx stated, "that man lived in a state of nature that forced man to struggle for survival. To succeed in this struggle, men formed relationships with those who had similar interest, resulting in the formation of classes. According to Marx, the two classes that would fight this revolution would be the proletariat which were factory workers and the bourgeoisie who were factory owners and middle class. Also, Marx did not believe we needed a government to lead us because everyone had the power to rule themselves.

- Once the revolution happened Karl thought that these two groups of people would now get along. The logic behind this idea was that since the revolution was to improve the working conditions of the proletariat's then everyone would be pleased.

LENIN

- It never really crossed Lenin head that he would become the Father of the Russian Revolution as later named by his followers. Lenin began his quest towards revolution after his older brother was assassinated by the Czar for political reasons. After his brother passed away Lenin began to read information his brother left behind and began to see how his brother actually had a point. As Lenin began to spread his ideas the Czar saw him as a threat and he fled to western Europe.

-At the time Russia was not only involved in their Revolution but they were also apart of World War One. Due to the troubles they were having in Russia the citizens wanted to leave the war but eh government did not agree with them. As a result, the citizens revolted and Lenin was thrilled to hear this but at the same time it made him sad that he was not in Russia to lead the revolution so he returned.

-Lenin was now in control of Russia and gave it citizens more freedom. Peasants were now able to sell their surplus crops for their own use without giving their gains to the government. He also allowed for small businesses and factories to open up.

- Even though Lenin was greatly influenced by Karl Marx, they had some differences. Marx said that the revolution would be lead by the peasants where as Lenin did not find that the peasants were qualified to lead it and needed an extra push. Another difference between the two was that unlike Marx, Lenin said we needed a stable government, but the people would still have some power.


MAO ZEDONG

-Communism began in china when the Industrial Revolution began and the Chinese wanted to build up their army. Not everyone agreed that building up the army was what China needed some thought that China needed to return to its traditional ways.

-Zedong also wanted the revolution to occur before the situation got worse. "The force of the peasants is like that of raging winds and driving winds... No force can stand in its way." Zedong knew that once the revolution happened all corruption in China would end; Along with imperialism and militarism.

- Much like Lenin and Marx, Zedong also believed that the peasants would lead the revolution. Zedong also agreed with Marx in that the peasants were capable of leading the revolution. The only difference between the three is that Zedong thought the revolution would occur in rural nations.

INTER WAR PERIOD (1919-1939)

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CURRENT DAY COMMUNISM

CUBA

- When Fidel Castro began to rise into power in, he promised a vision of democracy. Once he gained the trust and power of the Cubans, Fidel did not live up to his expectations. Castro did not hold public elections and imprisoned any of his political rivals or anti-communist people. The citizens began to see that Castro was beginning to sound like a communist dictator. Since Fidel was suppose to introduce democracy to Cuba, he faked it with a form of "show trials". Also, he censored much of the media and people were no longer free. Instead some fled the country before Castro could bring them any sort of harm.

-One can see the evidence of communism in Cuba by the following facts. Instead of following up to his expectations of democracy Castro turned Cuba into a communist country. Anyone that posed a certain type of threat to Castro's government was either imprisoned or exiled. Fidel censored all the media so that nothing that should not be said would be exposed to the public.

REACTION


-My opinion towards communism varies based on how its presented to the public. Since many leaders take the idea of communism and bend it to meet their own criteria it is kinda hard to express my opinion. One thing that i do like about communism is that the people have a the power and that it tries to fix the gap between the rich and poor. I agree with Lenin in that yes the people should have power, but at the same time we need someone to guide us. Everyone has their own opinion and if everyone has power to rule themselves then we would get no where. In my opinion I believe that democracy is a better form of government. The reason why I say this is because, much like in communism the people have power but in democracy we have a strong central government to lead us.

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