Authoritarian States

Authoritarian States - Case study I - Chicago, 1968
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Chicago, 1968

Authoritarian States - Case study II - North Korea

- What does N Korea look like?

- How does the government treat the foreign visitors?

- What concerns does the journalist have about his minders?

- What is your impression about what life is really like in N Korea? 

- In your opinion, what has caused this to happen?.......

Powerpoint on North Korean history and how it works today

Class feedback from BBC Panorama documentary on N Korea...

Q - Why do these types of states exist?  

    - Who would want to establish them and why?


A - Political ideologies are ideas people have about how to           

     organise people living in communities.  Different ideologies     

     provide different systems depending how they see our nature     

     and what we need to work well when living together in groups.

Q - So why do some political ideologies end up organising   

      systems that no-one really wants to live in?

A - Ideologies start off with certain ideas as their base. However

     when put into practise, these ideas can soon be proved to be

     too idealistic and unpractical to work as intended. When applied

     to reality they often produce results that either don't match the

     ideas, or which take the ideas to extremes. Looking at Marxism

     gives us a good example of this


     Marx's original ideology ended up with people in a social     

     utopia cooperating - taking what they needed and giving what

     they could.....

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However when put into practice these ideas more often than not led to authoritarian and totalitarian regimes....

Case Studies 1 and 2 have helped us establish what an authoritarian state is and how it emerges - we now need to start examine our first Authoritarian State - Lenin's USSR

- click on the icon below to access the googledoc research about how ready Russia was for revolution by 1900

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Click on the above whiteboard photo to access googledoc feedback on how 20thC history helped transform ideologies into authoritarian regimes...whilst accessing the videos below will give you some insights into how to compare and contrast authoritarian regimes such as Hitler's Germany + Lenin's USSR

Click on the image on the left to access the googledoc class judgement on the nature of Stalin's USSR..........

Rise and fall of Trotsky documentary

Marx  - BBC Radio In Our Time debate

Marx - Master of money documentary

Lenin  - BBC Radio In Our Time debate