1Rise of Single-Party States (General)



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  • Rise of Single-Party States (general)

  • Fidel Castro


1Rise of Single-Party States (General)


  1. How and why did Fidel Castro come to power in 1959?

  2. With reference to the leaders of two single-party states, each chosen from a different region, analyze the extent to which internal conflict and weak governments contributed to their rise to power. (2012) Castro and either Stalin or Mao!!

  3. In what ways, and with what success, did one authoritarian or single-party ruler deal with internal opposition? (2012) (2013) Castro!!

  4. “Unpopular rulers or governments, and their overthrow, were responsible for the formation of the majority of twentieth century single-party states.” To what extent do you agree with this assertion? (2009) Castro!!

2Domestic Policy (Social, Political, Economic)


  1. “By 1962 Castro’s domestic policy had successfully transformed Cuba.” To what extent do you agree with the statement? (2006)

  2. Analyze the successes and failures of Castro’s social and economic policies in the period 1960-1990. (2011)

  3. To what extent was Castro able to achieve his aims between 1959 and 1990, and what prevented him from achieving even greater success? (2007)

3Foreign Policy


  1. For what reasons, and with what success, did Fidel Castro use foreign policy to maintain his power? (2009)

  2. To what extent was foreign policy a) the key to success, or b) the reason for failure, for the rulers of two single-party states? Each must be chosen from a different region. (2009) Castro and either Stalin or Mao!!

4Religion, Women and Minorities


  1. Assess the impact of single-party rule upon minorities in two single-party states, each chosen from a different region. (2013) Castro and either Stalin or Mao!!

  2. Compare and contrast the status and treatment of women in two authoritarian or single-party states, each chosen from a different region. (2012) Castro and either Stalin or Mao!!

5Propaganda (Media, Art and Education)


  1. Assess the importance of each of the following in the rise to power of Fidel Castro: errors made by rivals, the use of propaganda, popular support. (2013)

  2. Examine the role of education in one single-party state. (2010) Castro!!

  3. For what reasons, and with what results, did rulers of single-party states both support and censor the arts? (2009) Castro!!

  4. Examine the role of media in one single-party or authoritarian state. (2009) Castro!!


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