The Giver Research Project

By Anthony Peardon

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP?

WHAT IS A DICTATORSHIP?

A dictatorship is a type of government where one person or a small group of people have absolute power.


Dictatorship became one of the two main forms of government after the end of monarchies in the 19th and 20th centuries.


The other main form of government at that time was constitutional democracy.


Dictators usually use force or fraud to gain political power. They usually keep political power by intimidation, terror, and suppression of basic civil liberties. They sometimes use mass propaganda to get support from the public.


Some of the most famous dictators were Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Saddam Hussein.


Most dictatorships collapsed by the end of the 20th century.

ADOLF HITLER

Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1933 until 1945. He was responsible for starting World War II and killing more than 11 million people during the Holocaust.
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JOSEPH STALIN

Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1927 until 1953. He was responsible for the deaths of approximately 20 to 60 million people during his reign.
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SUDDAM HUSSEIN

Suddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq from 1979 until 2003. He killed people who did not agree with him and he attacked countries for oil.

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ADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP

A dictatorship establishes a strong government.


There is no opposition or criticism.


All of the focus can be given to the arms of the state.


It does not believe in discussion or debate, so actions by the leader can be taken quickly.


The leader can adopt policies that they think will be the most beneficial.

DISADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP

Individual people are not as important as the government.


Individual people have no rights.


Dictatorship is based on force and violence.


Opposition and disagreement are not allowed.


It encourages war, aggression, and hatred.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I believe we should learn from our past. I do not think dictatorship is a good thing. People do not have any freedom in a dictatorship and that is not right. People should be allowed to vote on certain decisions and not be told what to do.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You can find more information here:


Wikipedia - http://www.wikipedia.org


Encyclopedia Britannica - http://www.britannica.com


Fact Index - http://www.fact-index.com

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Advantages And Disadvantages Of Dictatorship Or Totalitarianism". Study Lecture Notes.
Umar Farooq, 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2014
<http://www.studylecturenotes.com/social-sciences/law/404-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-dictatorship-or-totalitarianism>.


"Dictators And Tyrants In World History". The History Guy.
Roger A. Lee, 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014
<http://www.historyguy.com/dictators_and_tyrants.htm#.VJODg8CBA>.


"Dictatorship". Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014
<http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/162240/dictatorship>.


"Introduction to Dictatorships: Opposing Viewpoints." Dictatorships. Ed. Tom Lansford. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 18 Dec. 2014

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