After reading about the ancient origins of dictatorships, continue reading to discover the rise of noted dictators during World War II, ranging from Hitler to Mao Zedong.
Following this short history lesson, scroll down to learn the key concepts of totalitarianism, a concept separate from, but closely identified with, dictatorship.
Explore the ideologies that fueled dictatorships throughout the period between World War I and World War II.
Overviews of Fascism and Communism comprise the first two pages of this article.
After Germany lost World War I and signed an armistice, civil and labor unrest grew in Germany. The peace treaty required Germany to disband its army and pay war reparations.
German nationalists and veterans thought the treaty was humiliating and the politicians and protesters had betrayed them.
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Topic: Dictators, Dictatorship Language: English Lexile: 1100 Learn about the lengthy history of dictatorships, and how this ruling method took on a rather sinister meaning throughout the twentieth century.
An introductory discussion explains the origins of dictatorships, where one person holds absolute power over a country.