Final Paper - Fifty-four years is not a long span of time...

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Fifty-four years is not a long span of time but since 1945 there has been an extreme amount of activity around the globe. Countries have fallen, many controversial wars have been fought, and every country has their own perception of these events. Communism has had the most impact on the world since 1945; it was the fuel for the tension between the Soviet Union and United States. Communism’s importance is best understood by looking at the differences in Chinese and Soviet communism, the internal collapse of the Soviet Union, and the cold war tensions between The United States and Soviet Union. This is anything but a one sided issue, the basics of communism are simple but the actual implementation varies tremendously depending on each nation. Communism is when the government is in control of all aspects of the government, which in theory will allow the poor to rise to middle class and create equality among all. Also, money and property is taken from the upper class to assist with this creation of a society where all people are middle class. The idea of communism originally came from Karl Marx in his book Communist Manifesto. This ideology was first implemented in the Soviet Union in 1917 by Vladimir Lenin, but made most visible by Joseph Stalin who ruled from 1922 till 1953. Communism is by no means universal; this is most clearly seen by looking at the Soviet Union and China. The two nations were never true allies because the Soviet Union wished to be the dominant nation over all other communist allies. In this quotation from the Romanian Workers Party they describe the situation between the Soviets and Chinese nations, ”There does not and cannot exist a "parent" party and a "son-party," parties that are "superior" and parties that are "subordinate," but there exists the great family of communist and workers' parties, which have equal rights.” BIBLIOGRAPHY \l 1033 Mao was opposed to the soviets because of their intrusive attempts BIBLIOGRAPHY \l 1033 The Romanian Workers Party. The Romanian Workers' Party: Statement on the Sino-Soviet Dispute. April 22, 1964. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1964romania-china.html (accessed December 7, 2009).
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to influence China. He, though a much more seasoned leader was criticized by Khrushchev for his programs, primarily the “Great Leap Forward.” This was such a conflict because China had gained its independence with no assistance from the Soviet Union but Khrushchev still wished to exercise power over the Chinese. Khrushchev sent advisors and sponsored an aid program for
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