A History of Socialism in an Old PBS Documentary: Doubt They Would Play This Nowadays

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Hour 1: The Rise)

2005 – 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.

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Hour 2: 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.

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Hour 3: 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.