HIST-200 Dictatorships in History
Fall for 2008-2009
This course will examine an unpleasant but widespread phenomenon in a broad historical context. After considering the ancient Greek and Roman origins of dictatorship, and the crucial role of the French Revolution, it will turn to a series of case studies, including dictatorships essential for understanding the subject--USSR, Italy, Germany, China--as well as a selection from other parts of the modern world. In each case, questions will be asked about the dictators: who were they; how did they come to power; how did they control their countries; what happened to them? The cases will form the basis for analyzing the nature of dictatorship and its role in history.
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Fall '08: Foss C (file download)
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