History is full of coincidences. On June 4 1989, when the Polish people celebrated their first free election, the Chinese people were carrying out the dead bodies of the protestors from the Tiananmen Square. If June 4 symbolized the start of a new and democratic future in Poland, then it was the fateful end of the short-lived democratic movement in China.
In 1989, both the Eastern European states and China underwent a series of democratic movements and social revolutions. However, the Eastern Bloc witnessed the fall of the Communism while China was still under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. The different outcomes of the 1989 revolutions raise question: Why the Chinese Communist Party still stayed in power while the Communist states in the Eastern Europe started to fall apart? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to look back on each country’s history and find discrepancies. This Prezi explores the causes of the different outcomes of the 1989 revolutions from a social and historical perspective.