Containing Communism Did Not Work

By: Ruth Docteur


A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Mao Zedong

He is the leader of Communist China

Communism In China

The Communist Party of China was formed in 1921. It was under Mao Zedong's control in 1927. Eventually, Mao led a revolution, and the communist party obtained control in 1947. They followed the example of the soviet model of development through heavy industry with surpluses extracted from peasants. Consumer goods were left to secondary importance. In the sino-soviet split of the 1950's, Mao split from traditional Marxism-Leninism and developed Maoism, the Chinese interpretation of communism. Mao was upset with the Soviet leader Khrushchev's position of peacefulcoexistence between the communists and capitalists. The Maoists started a strong communist tradition, instituting the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

Tianamen Square

The Tiananmen Square Massacre was a response to a protest in the Peoples Republic of China(PRC) in 1989. Also known as the June Fourth Incident, it occurred when several waves of protests across the course of a few months came to a head. The PRC government debated over whether to try to defuse the situation through discussion, but eventually decided to suppress it militarily. Estimates of how many students were killed range from hundreds to thousands. This led to mass criticisms and sanctions around the world, and has remained a controversial topic into the 21st century.

Korean War

Korean Civil war happened in 1950. South and North Korea had been split in two after ww2. Both the leaders of the two states claimed to be ruler of the whole of Korea. This caused tensions. USSR supported North Korea who were communist. And America supported south Korea who were anti-communist

Vietnam War

A protracted military conflict between South Vietnam, supported by United States forces, and Communist North Vietnam.The war resulted in a North Vietnamese victory and unification of Vietnam under Communist rule.( 1954- 1975)

US Involvement

Korea-The US got involved due to the Truman Doctrine which basically guaranteed the US supporting countries fighting communism. The first one being Korea. Also it was to keep the Soviet Union from spreading communism. it was believed that it would be a domino effect if one country fell to communism

Vietnam-The U.S. government viewed American involvement in the war as a way to prevent a Communist takeover of South Vietnam. This was part of a wider containment strategy, with the stated aim of stopping the spread of communism.