Government: Democratic and Communist
Learn about two different types of government: democratic and communist. Learn the philosophy of communism and the history of its development. Find out what countries have democratic and communist/socialist government. Discover how the economy influences the course of a countries’ development. There is a link to an eThemes resource on democracy and community responsibility. Includes photographs, maps, video, lesson plans, and quotes on communism of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Mao Zedong.
Fact Monster: Communism
Learn what communism is. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Fact Monster: Democracy
Learn what democracy is. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
CNN In-Depth Specials: Vision of China
Learn more about China and its communist government. Click on the "Quotes from the Great Helmsman's Famous 'Little Red Book'" link next to Mao's icon to read his quotes on communism. NOTE: The site leads to websites with a message board and ads.
Constitution and Economy
This lesson plan is designed to help kids understand economic principles of free and controlled markets and to compare these of the United States and China.
Glossary of Terms: Communism
Read citations of Karl Marx, Fredrick Engels, and Vladimir Lenin about communism. Scroll down page to learn more about communism philosophy and its historical development. Click on links "Socialism", "Democracy", "Freedom", "Utopia" and others to learn their philosophical sense.
The Principles of Communism
Read what Fredrick Engels, the philosopher and co-founder of communism thought about communist society, people, and government. Find out how, according to the philosopher's theory, a social order rises from commercial crisis.
PBS: Face of Russia: Lesson Plans
This is a lesson plan for middle and high school students where they can work in groups to discuss positive and negative sides of life under communist government.
Learn about an important aspect of socialist policy: price control. Scroll down to click on the "Massive Restriction on Markets and Prices" link to find out more.
CIA: The World Factbook
Learn facts about countries and their governments. Use the drop-down menu at the top to select a country.
econedlink: Comparative Economic Systems
This lesson plan describes how students can learn about the different types of economies: market economies, command economies, and developing economies. Learn about the relationship between economy and a form of government.
Map: 20th Century Governments
Look at the chart to view the growth of democratic governments during the 20th century. Scroll down the page to learn about the types of democracy, communist states, and more.
Map: 20th Century Governments: Other Ways to Classifying Governments
Here are world maps of countries with different types of government. Find out about their similarities and differences. Use links at the bottom of the page for more maps.
eThemes Resource: Democracy: Citizenship and Community Responsibility
These sites are about the rights and responsibilities of members of society. Includes ideas for getting children involved in their communities and for understanding their rights. Includes links to eThemes Resources on historic documents, communities, the democratic process, and elections.
Request State Standards