DP History

Miss Pickett and Mr Wallace


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Topic 3: Origins and development of authoritarian and single-party states

The 20th century produced many authoritarian and single-party states. The origins, ideology, form of government, organization, nature and impact of these regimes should be studied.


Major themes

Origins and nature of authoritarian and single-party states

Conditions that produced authoritarian and single-party states

Emergence of leaders: aims, ideology, support

Totalitarianism: the aim and the extent to which it was achieved

Establishment of authoritarian and single party states

Methods: force, legal

Form of government, (left- and right-wing) ideology

Nature, extent and treatment of opposition

Domestic policies and impact

Structure and organization of government and administration

Political, economic, social and religious policies

Role of education, the arts, the media, propaganda

Status of women, treatment of religious groups and minorities


Material for detailed study

  • Asia and Oceania: China—Mao;
  • Europe and the Middle East: Germany—Hitler; USSR—Stalin
  • Castro?


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