The government, whether we think about it or not, plays a very significant role in all of our lives regardless of our ethnic background.Though there are many differing forms of government, they affect our lives in the same way.Changes in how the government works slowly begin to effect how we carry out our daily actions and over time an entire culture can be changed.For this reason, I chose to take a critical look at how the change of government in Poland from Communism to Democracy affected their culture.In order to do this, I had to examine communism and it's creators.I had to find out what happened to cause communism to take power in Poland and why it eventually crumbled.First, I looked at what communism was all about.
Communism began in the early 19th century in response to the problematic beginnings of modern capitalism (Bottomore 11).At that time communism was the basis for many political settlements, most of which eventually failed.The concept itself was created by Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels, the concept, though, proved only to be effective in theory.Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818, in a place called Trier, in Prussia. His parents were of Jewish descent, however they did not practice Judaism (Payne 17).In 1824, Karl’s father adopted Protestantism. Marx attended the university of Bonn and later the university at Berlin, where he studied in law, while majoring in history and philosophy.Marx eventually married his childhood friend Jenny von Westphalen, in 1843 (Payne 27).After his education, Marx began to associate himself with a group of people who were known for having revolutionary ideas.In 1842 Marx was asked to contribute to the Rheinische Zeitung, a German paper, in Cologne (Payne 83). At the time Marx started, the paper had only 400 subscribers.Shortly after Marx became editor-in-chief and decided to move from Bonn to Cologne. As the paper became more and more revolutionary and widely…