Communism And Communism

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One of the key differences between communism in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and communism in China is how it first began to develop in those countries. The communists in China obtained their power from the bottom up. Mao Zedong, the son of a former peasant farmer, supported peasant revolts and saw the potential power that they had in their communities. Mao realized that the working class in his country was too small to win the revolution alone. He knew that he needed more people in support of the revolution, so he decided to include the peasants. Mao became convinced “that the peasantry was capable of being, not merely the leading force, but virtually the sole force in the revolutionary process.”(1) While working to win the revolution against the Kuomintang, Mao had the idea of creating a revolutionary army out of the peasant class. This ended up working in his favor, because it gave him the support of enough people to win the revolution. In 1947, Mao Zedong declared the foundation of the Communist Party of China. Contrary to China, the rise of communism in Russia was not supported by as many people. The Russian people were hungry and desperate for change. This lead to a less difficult rise to power for Vladimir Lenin. His rebellion was assembled by a small force that overthrew the power of an already weak government. The citizens of the USSR felt less passionate about the revolution because they were not all involved in it together like the Chinese people

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