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The Effects of Communism in China in terms of Mao Zedong, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and Tiananmen Square

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Caroline Pennington

on 17 May 2011

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Transcript of The Effects of Communism in China in terms of Mao Zedong, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and Tiananmen Square

Mao Zedong Mao Zedong was the Communist leader of China. He led the changing of China to a Communist country, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. Great Leap Forward The Great Leap Forward was Mao Zedong's plan to industrialize China and to enforce the communist ideal. All his people were treated like peasants. He had his people moved onto communes, or large shared farms. It failed, because many people died of illness or starvation. He also tried to make the steel industry prominent, which also did not really work. Cultural Revolution The Cultural Revolution was Mao's plan to make the people of China like him more. He had his opponenets, and the inteelectuals and those who were literate, eliminated by the Red Guards. The Red Guards were soldiers, sometime in their early teens. MAo also had the Little Red Book produced, which was a book containing pro-Communist propoganda. Mao made his people memorize the book. The Red Guards were allowed to randomly ask people to quote certain sections of the book, and if they couldn't they would be persecuted. The Cultural Revolution semi-worked, but led to a lot of violence and death. Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square was a place in China. There, in 1989, people were attacked for protesting. The Chinese soldiers were sent after the protestors, many of whom were killed violently. One protestor in particular stands out. His name is the Tank Man. We do not know his real name. What made him stand out is that he stood in front of the tanks, trying to stop them from moving. He even climbed on top of one. Eventually people pulled him away, but this was all caught on tape, and the Tank Man is a famous inspiration to others today. China Today Of course China was affected by all these goings-on. The government is still communist, but Mao Zedong is no longer the leader. It is not completely peaceful over there, but it is usually not as violent as it used to be. One of the reasons may be that the government has given the people lots of economic freedom. Now, people can start a business and make money. People still live in rural areas to farm though. But still, many people live in big cities and work in factories. Sometimes, the company provides living spaces for their workers. The living areas are not very nice. There are millions of things produced in China each year, and they have a pretty good DGP, and the country is very modern, with some very high class people. However, he effects of Communism are still evident ithere, especially in rural areas.
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