Dictatorships

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What is government, and why is it necessary?

What purposes should government serve?

You may feel you want to know more about how the world is organized politically. Where do you begin? Exploring World Governments identifies and explains different systems of government and their social, political, economic, religious, and cultural effects within each structure's confines. This series examines each government's impact on neighboring nations and ...

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Overview

What is government, and why is it necessary?

What purposes should government serve?

You may feel you want to know more about how the world is organized politically. Where do you begin? Exploring World Governments identifies and explains different systems of government and their social, political, economic, religious, and cultural effects within each structure's confines. This series examines each government's impact on neighboring nations and the global community. Along the way, you'll learn how leaders gain and keep control and how they are replaced. You'll also discover some of the key figures involved with each form of government and how they influenced history. This series takes complex government concepts and delivers them in easy-to-read text. It's the perfect way to start Exploring World Governments.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
It is altogether too easy to forget that the concept of participatory democracy in national governance is a relatively uncommon experience for most of the people who have walked the Earth. In ancient times the rule of all powerful, and sometimes god-like, monarchs was the norm. Imperial Rome and ancient Egypt are examples of this highly centered and none participatory approach to governance. Monarchy existed throughout the Middle Ages and persisted as a form of focused leadership for centuries. In the modern era the rise of political ideologies such as Nazism, Fascism, Stalinism, Maoism, and other iterations of totalitarianism were derivations of monarchical rule. In all these instances, the role of peoples' choice was virtually non-existent in governmental systems within which total obedience was required. In Dictatorships Hal Marcovitz takes a closer look at the evolution and operation of dictatorial governance in human history. In telling this story Marcovitz tackles topics such as the rise of individual dictatorships, how control is maintained, life in an authoritarian state, and the alliances that democratic leaders sometimes make with dictators. In all instances this story is ably told and leaves readers with a sense of reflection over how easily political rights can be lost and the historical examples of what that loss means to common folk. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617147913
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Exploring World Governments Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction What Is Government? 6

Chapter 1 Butcher of the Balkans 8

Chapter 2 The First Dictators 18

Chapter 3 Dictators of the Modern Era 28

Chapter 4 How Do Dictators Gain Power? 42

Chapter 5 How Do Dictators Maintain Control? 56

Chapter 6 Life in a Dictatorship 70

Chapter 7 Foreign Relations 82

Chapter 8 Why Have US Leaders Befriended Dictators? 96

Chapter 9 How Are Dictators Deposed? 108

Chapter 10 Moving beyond Dictatorships 120

Chapter 11 Could a Dictator Rule the United States? 132

Quick Facts 144

Glossary 148

Additional Resources 150

Source Notes 152

Index 157

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