IB Questions: Paper 2

Single Party States: Hitler

Origins

  • Compare and contrast the rise to power of two rulers of single party states.
  • With reference to two examples each chosen from a different region, to what extent do you agree with the claim that “ideology was the most important factor in the rise to power of single-party leaders”?
  • Assess the nature of the support which helped a ruler of a single party state to obtain power.

Maintain Power: Establishment of Single-Party state (method – force, legal.  Form of government and ideology. Totalitarianism and treatment of opposition.

  • Explain & examine the methods used by rulers of single party states to obtain and keep power.
  • “In order to achieve and retain power a leader of a single-party state needed to be ruthless, blind to human suffering and yet charismatic.” To what extent do you agree with this assertion?
  • In what ways and for what reasons has the “cult of personality” helped to gain popular support for rulers of single party states ?
  • Account for the ineffectiveness of internal opposition to two rulers of single-party states.
  • Analyze government organization of two single party states.

Rule: Rule of single-party state (political, economic, social policies. Education, art, media and propaganda.  Women and minorities).

  • Compare and contrast the domestic policies of two rulers of single party states.
  • In what ways, and for what reasons, did the aims and policies of two or more right wing rulers of single-party states differ?
  • Identify the aims of educational and youth policies in two single-party states, and evaluate the extent to which they were achieved.
  • In what ways, and with what results, was propaganda used by one ruler of a single party state?
  • Evaluate the successes and failures one ruler of a single-party state.
  • Examine critically the successes and failures of EITHER Stalin OR Mussolini, as a leader of a single-party state.
  • In what ways, and for what reasons, did two rulers of single party states fail in their objectives.

Impact: Regional and Global Impact: foreign policy and mean to maintain the regime, impact regime outside the state, as a factor in the Cold War)

  • Compare and contrast the foreign policies of two rulers of single-party states, each chosen from a different region.
  • Analyse the foreign policy of two rulers of single-party states, each chosen from a different region.
  • Examine the global impact of one ruler of a single-party state.

Open Question

  • For what reasons, and with what results, were there so many single-party states in the 20th Century?

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