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The 1949 Chinese Revolution was a transformative epochal event not only for the Chinese but for the rest of humanity as well If the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia that resulted in the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or Soviet Union inaugurated an international competition for the hearts and minds of people all over the globe the Chinese revolution raised the stakes of that struggle This struggle was understood in the so-called West as between capitalism and communism although these terms were rarely defined in more than loose and unusually flexible terms Communist ideology as represented by certain statements of Vladimir Lenin the central intellectual and political figure of the Bolshevik Revolution was understood as grounded upon an idea of worldwide revolution --- all nations would according to the logic of the theory ultimately succumb to communism The Soviet leadership expressly supported the idea of worldwide revolution and took steps to help achieve this objective including organization and leadership of the so-called Communist International or Comintern This idea of worldwide revolution and the efforts by Soviet leaders and communists in other countries to make it a reality presented little room for compromise between the opposing camps on the one side the supporters of the existing social system in the Western nations and on the other side the communist movement Thus the communist victory in China the most populous nation on Earth created a stronger sense of threat in one camp and of impending victory in the other If societies are really formations of social and environmental processes all interacting and shaping one another then the introduction of this polar conflict between these two camps into the fiber of existing social relationships could not help but impact virtually every society or social formation and transform numerous cultural economic and political processes within those societies New problems were created for those who wanted to defend the status quo the moral political and economic arrangements
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