May Fourth Movement and Beyond

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Mao Zedong, the prominent leader of the Cultural Revolution and one of the innovators of the People’s Republic of China, once declared, “Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.” By the time the Qing Dynasty met its inevitable downfall in 1919, a new set of radicals started protesting of a new form of government on May Fourth. This movement, known as the May Fourth Movement, facilitated the Marxist and Leninist ideologies which had been circulating from the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution in Soviet Russia. This changed the entire political system that China had been eternally run by. However, the idea of Communism exploded based on the…show more content…
Television, a dominant form of media, has also become popular due to the Communist Party in China allowing a multitude of Western channels. This shows how due to the Communist Party, the media has become significantly westernized. In addition to the media, China has considerably influenced their economy as well.
Over the course of the Communist Party’s ruling history, the economy has fluctuated in its quality. From Mao Zedong’s reign (1949-1978), Chairman Mao focused on the industrialization of communes and agriculture. The economy not only remained relatively stagnant as a result, but also caused an immense famine throughout these communes. Since Mao’s death in 1976, the Communist Party has steered away from its communal form of economy and became the world’s second largest economy through capitalism. This act of change depicts how the Communist Party has influenced the People’s Republic of China’s financial system into becoming increasingly capitalistic. The People’s Republic of China had issued a multitude of economic reforms in 1978 after the death of Mao Zedong. As a result, China has risen in the ranks of the world’s economy, effectively becoming the second fastest growing economy in the world as well. All in all, the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China has aided the Chinese economy to reach its current success.
The Communist Party was quite
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