Capitalism vs. Communism
Rise of Communism in Russia
- Karl Marx wrote a book promoting communism (1848) which spread the idea throughout Russia
- After serfdom was abolished the people began working in bad conditions for little money, this made them angry and was destroying their economy. After a loss to Japan in 1905 the people were enraged with their leaders and wanted a communist country
- The czars and communist leaders of Russia were very similar. Both had complete dictative power and used it to their advantage.
The Fall of Communism
- In 1989 the Berlin wall was torn down after communism began faltering in other European countries.
- Since the Berlin wall was a symbol of communism in Europe its fall began the fall of communism in all of Europe.
- After communism ended East and West Germany were reunited and began building Germany to what it is today.
- November 1989, a student organizes a demonstration which quickly turns into an anti-government protest.
- In the following weeks more protests with more people force the communist leaders to give up power.
- Today the area is run by democratic governments but some are still calling for reform and more improvements to government.
- Yugoslavia was a communist state until they were crushed by nazi Germany, splitting them into multiple smaller states.
- After world war 2 the US funneled money into undermining the Yugoslavian government, that resulted in rebellions, civil wars, and ultimately the destruction of Yugoslavia.