Communism: spreading around the world

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Communism has long been heralded in capitalist countries as the root of all evil. Communism can either be called a concept or system of society. In a society that follows the communist beliefs groups own the major resources and means of production, rather than a certain individual. In theory, Communism is to provide equal work, and benefits to all in a specific society. Communism is derived from many ancient resources, including Plato's Republic and early Christian communities. In 1917, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in their Communist Manifesto finalized the philosophy of Communism.

The Bolshevik's adopted Marx's and Engel's idea but simply "sped up" the process by taking action. They thought the stages that Marx and Engels spoke about were a waste of time and took too long to obtain perfection. So their solution to speeding up the road to communism was, in this case, to take arms and get rid of the Russian dynasty.

This revolution was a success and Lenin overthrew the monarchy and implemented socialism.

Going about the ways of Communism, the Soviets wanted to influence these beliefs on four main areas of the world: Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. The Soviets desperately tried to spread communism one country at a time instead of instead of attempting an awesome task of conquering several countries at once. The Soviets were involving themselves in anything from sending mass amounts of troops to aid in assistance to the communist groups that already existed there to simply sending consultants.

Communist rule was confined to the Soviet Union until the end of World War II. The Soviet Red Army liberated several countries in Eastern Europe from the Nazi Germany control. The soviets sponsored and helped form the communist governments in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, East Germany, and...