HEAVEN ON EARTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF SOCIALISM
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Karl Marx, author of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto
 
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Watch the introductions to each hour of the documentary…


HOUR ONE: THE RISE



In the first hour we meet Robert Owen, the 19th century industrialist who coined the term “socialism” and tried to create a utopian world in the middle of rural Indiana. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels forge a manifesto and declare a prophecy. The idea splits. One man tries to marry socialism to democracy, while another starts a revolution.


HOUR TWO: REVOLUTIONS



From the rice fields of Mao’s China to the rise of British Labour and from the birth of the Israeli kibbutz to African independence, a new generation of leaders brings to life radically diverse visions as socialism comes to power around the globe.


HOUR THREE: THE COLLAPSE



In the East, Communism falls – while social democracy is reinvented in the West. What shape will socialism take in the twenty-first century? Find out on the conclusion of Heaven On Earth.

 

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