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COMMUNISM




COMMUNISM:
An in-depth look at the success of the communist containment in Asia.

Paper Outline
I. Introduction.
II. What is Communism.
a. Ideas
b. Policies
III. Who was involved.
a. History
IV. How did communism get there.
a. Soviet Union
b. China
c. Spread
V. Events leading up.
VI. Why the United States decided to attempt to contain it.
VII. Goals of the containment.
VIII. The Truman Doctrine.
a. Success
IX. Conclusion.





During World War II, Communism, combined with fascism, had proven to be very dangerous.
Joseph Stalin had obtained absolute power in Russia as a result. The Communists saw their
way to be perfect, and they had the idea that everyone should practice their beliefs.
Communism had started in Asia, with the likes of Joseph Stalin and Mao Tsetung. In the
mid to late nineteen forties, communism was thriving in Asia. The Chinese and the
Russians had pushed the spread of Communism south into countries such as Cambodia and
Vietnam. The United Stated saw this as a very real threat, and kept a close eye on the
communist advancement.

The communist beliefs began in 1848, when Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote a book
called The Communist Manifesto. This book defined the beliefs of communism, along with
portraying the natural evolution of a communist “utopia” from a capitalist society. Marx
and Engels defined communism to be a concept, or system, of society in which the major
resources and means of production are owned by the community, rather than by the
individuals. In theory, such societies provide for equal sharing of all work, according
to ability, and all benefits, according to need. This, however, did not work because
people are generally selfish and lazy. Each person wants to do the least amount possible
to gain the most from it. This is where the conflicts arise.

Between 1945 and 1975, the number of countries under communist rule increased greatly.
This is partly because of the way the victorious powers of World War II divided the world
amongst themselves. This is also due to the fact that countries such as China and The
Soviet Union pushed their beliefs tyrannically on other weak countries.

The Soviet Union began its communist regime under Vladimir Lenin. His ideas and teachings
led to mass popularity due to a poor economy in Russia at the time. Lenin was not a bad
leader, however he died before he was able to see his plan take full effect. He had only
one warning to the people of Russia: never to let Joseph Stalin get into power. Lenin was
able to foresee the tyrant when many others were blind. The people did not realize their
error when Stalin succeeded. But by then, it was too late; Stalin had turned Russia into
a fascist dictatorship.

Disillusioned by the clinical self-interest of the Western imperialist powers, the Chinese
became more and more interested in the revolutionary changes in Russia and in
Marxist-Leninist thought. The Chinese Communist Party, as a result, was organized in
Shanghai in1921. Among its original members was Mao Tsetung. There was a large amount of
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