Communism: The Promise and the Reality

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Published on 27th November 2017 by

Communism: The Promise and the Reality is a six part PBS documentary series which looks at the beginning’s of communism and the evolution of communism of an ideology, beginning with the Bolsheviks revolution under Vladimir Lenin, and then compares what communism was supposed to deliver with the actual result of communism for those who lived under it in the Soviet Union and other communism countries including Cuba, Vietnam and Chairman Mao’s China. Numerous people who lived behind the Iron Curtain feature in the film including activists, students and members of the Red Guard.

Contrary to building a society where humans share resources equally for the benefit of all, the reality of all communist regimes thus far has been authoritarian and repressive governments who were primarily concerned not with the welfare of their people but the preservation of their own power. We have all six episodes of the series available to watch here on Documentary Vine, navigate between them via the numbered tabs beneath the video player or by using the episode link list below.

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