Rise of Chinese and Russian Commuinism: Different Approaches with Common Goals
The communist revolutions in both countries have similarities and many differences. We explore the dynamics of change in both countries. Karl Marx had predicted socialist revolutions breaking out in industrial countries and especially in crowded cities where there would be enormous disparities of wealth and power. He would have been surprised to observe the revolutions occurring in two of the most agricultural countries in Europe and Asia. Central Question for the Unit: Why is violence often selected as the process for change?
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Music Video Overview of the Unit (4:55 minutes) Music: "Cult of Personality" performed by Living Colour. With our study of early Communist leaders, this song title and lyrics repeats Khrushchev's warning about Stalin and those that followed his Cult of Personal