In 1921 soon after Russia's conversion communism spread to China. Today China remains the worlds only Communist World Power. Though founded on similar ideals Communism in China developed very differently than in Russia. By the time the Soviet Union formed during WWII the views and global aims were no longer compatible with one another. Mao Tse-tung (Zedong) sought to use communism to transform Chinese Culture, something Lenin was unprepared to do, and what Joseph Stalin's five year plans failed to do in Russia . In this lesson you will examine the rise of Mao, his ideas for modern China. and the methods by which it was largely achieved.
Objectives: 1. Analyze the differences between Russian and Chinese Communism 2. Evaluate the success of the The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.
Assessment: 1. How was communism in China different from Communism in Russia? Provide at least two examples. 2. Was Mao Tse-Tung a Totalitarian, why or why not? Defend your answer. 3. Were Mao's policies under the Great leap forward a success or failure, why or why not? 4. Was the Cultural Revolution a success or failure, why or why not? 5. What was the most surprising, shocking, or interesting component of The Cultural Revolution.