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Is democracy really the best option in a global political context? Whether a country is considered democratic depends on how democracy is defined, for this essay it will be defined as: a political regime in which government offices are filled through frequent and fair elections (Cheibub, Gandhi and Vreeland 2009). It is important to distinguish early that liberal and illiberal democracies will not be discussed synonymously, instead focusing on liberal democracies and dictatorships (also referred to as autocratic regimes). Where...
During the reign of Mao Zedong, there was no need of a secret police, because there was enough hatred among the people themselves. This was true indeed, and all this was very much encouraged by Mao and his propagandists. They not only spread their ideas by putting up wall posters, broadcasting radio programs and showing propaganda films, but they also organized discussion groups, accusation groups, story-telling groups and memory meetings that people had to attend. This naturally enforced the communist...
Is Machiavelli’s The Prince anything more than a handbook for would-be dictators? Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the most controversial political theorists in history, most known for his works, the Prince and the Discourses of Livy. He had a questionable political career, going from being a civil servant of Florence to organising a civil militia before eventually being removed by Medici forces. The Prince, the most famous of his two books was written in 1513 during Machiavelli’s 15-year hiatus from...
The difference in the way Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini dictated is a hotly-debated topic that often divides opinions. There is a great deal of differences between the dictatorship of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini. The way they portrayed their political ideology were very distinct from one another. The ways these three came to power were different. Hitler tried to take control of a struggling Germany through the ‘Beer Hall Putsch’. And when he didn’t succeed, he was arrested. In jail he...
The discussion as to if Hitler was a ‘weak dictator’ or ‘Master of the Third Reich’ is one that has been held by historians fascinated by Nazi Germany for many years and is central to the intentionalist – structuralist debate. On one side, historians such as Bullock, Bracher, Jackal and Hildebrand consider Hitler’s personality, ideology and strong mind to be the driving force of the Third Reich. However, others such as Broszat, Mason and Mommsen argue that the regime involved...