HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-DL1: Modern Authoritarianism from Stalin to Trump
(Spring 2021)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

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Section Information for Spring 2021

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried. This class will focus on the non-democratic type of government called authoritarianism. We will examine the history and structure of authoritarian governments and the strategies used to maintain power. Each week we will focus on a different regime starting with Stalin’s Soviet Union. The course will conclude by examining whether Donald Trump’s presidency can be considered as a form of authoritarianism. While authoritarian states share common traits, the weekly case studies will highlight the unique characteristics of each regime. Topics will include the seizure of power; psychological profiles of leaders; ideology and propaganda; and dissent, revolution and transition to democracy.

HIST 387 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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