Communism in this era was a fast growing idea that was becoming widely popular for many countries. Communism is the political theory and philosophy created by the ideas of Karl Marx. Believing the best type of society is where all property is publicly owned and every citizen is paid by their needs and abilities. This idea was the stronghold for Russia and pushed them into power, while on the other hand there was The United States. The United States preached democracy and capitalism two ideals that did not mix well with communist thought.
Communism soon found a home in Cuba and with Fidel Castro. Before Fidel Castro there was a large amount of poverty and a huge gap between classes in their class system. Cuba’s capital was fueled mainly by the production and sale of sugar to the United States. The huge inequalities were between the countryside and the city folk, the other was whites and blacks. Cuba became communist in 1959 and the Cuban Missile Crisis began in October of 1962. So, Cuba was a fledgling when it came to communist ideals and saw a partner and mentor in …show more content…
In 1989 the Berlin wall fell down and soon did the power of the Soviet Union. Then in 1991 on Christmas Day the Soviet flag flew for the last time. In the beginning the Soviet Union was one of the largest communist nations with 15 states and it capital being Moscow. In World War II Eastern Europe had already become divided but in 985 Mikhail Gorbachev took power and began huge reform. He allowed more freedom of speech and began allowing open voting for each country. After the fall of the Berlin wall Gorbachev was astounded but he still kept pushing reforms. With all this change many of the states like Poland, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine seceded from the Soviet Union in order to control their own territories who were vastly different. The nation was divided between conservative communists and those who wished for democracy.
During this time Cuba was thriving and still is today in some ways. Cuba has outlasted the Soviet Union and I can figure it may be due to the vast land it controlled. Cuba is a small Island that is easier to control and keep their citizens more satisfied then the Soviet Union could with its large amounts of people. Cuba kept to traditional communist ways and this would show that in truth Cuba may not have had the large population, but had the strategic advantage when it comes to being smaller and