Essay Prompts: Totalitarianism

 

  1. Evaluate the political ideology and social policies of any two authoritarian leaders of the 20th Century.
  2. Evaluate the role of propaganda in one single party or authoritarian state.
  3. Describe and analyze the rise to power and rule of any one left-wing ruler of a single party state.
  4. Describe and analyze the rise to power and rule of any one right-wing ruler of a single party state.
  5. Compare the domestic policies of any two authoritarian leaders of the 20th Century.
  6. Compare the methods used to maintain rule by one left-wing ruler and one right-wing ruler of different single-party states.
  7. Compare the ideologies of any two left-wing rulers of single party states.
  8. Evaluate the importance of ideology for rulers of twentieth century single-party states
  9. Compare the impact of the policies of two rulers of single-party states on the role and status of women.
  10. Describe and analyze the global impact of one ruler of a single-party state.
  11. Compare the foreign policy of two rulers of single-party states, each chosen from a different IB region.
  12. Examine the conditions that led to two single party states. 
  13. Compare and contrast the rise to power of one right-wing, and one left-wing, leader of a single-party or authoritarian state. 
  14. Compare the methods used by either Stalin or Hitler to maintain power with those employed by your assigned leader for focused study.
  15. Discuss the successes and failures of Stalin or Hitler. 
  16. In what ways, and with what results, did one ruler use the following: religion, propaganda and the arts.
  17. Analyze the social and economic policies of Hitler. 
  18. In what ways, and to what extent, did the status of women change in two single party states, each chosen from a different IB region. 
  19. In 1924 Stalin said: ‘the state is an instrument in the hands of the ruling class, used to break the resistance of enemies of that class.” Compare how Stalin and Hitler carried out this belief. 
  20. In 1953 Castro declared: “History will absolve me.” To what extent do you agree that his claim has proven true with regard to authoritarian leaders of the 20th Century? 

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