Social Studies 30-2 Textbook Questions



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Social Studies 30-2 Textbook Questions

Chapter 7 – Dictatorships
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Big Questions

  • Why would supporters of these systems reject liberalism (democracy)?

  • What were the conditions that led to the rise of power and the maintenance of power?





Communism (pages 161- 171)


  1. Summarize the values of communism



  1. Why do we sometimes call it Marxist-Leninist, or Maoist Communism?



  1. What were the conditions in Russia prior to the revolution?


  1. How could the reforms of 1905 be seen as liberal?


  1. Explain the rise of the Bolsheviks, including the positive changes Lenin introduced.



  1. After looking at Stalin’s fundamental beliefs and actions, would you consider him to be an effective leader – justify your answer by providing examples. (pages 181-182 can help)




  1. Give examples of how the Soviets used the four techniques of a dictatorship

    1. Force




    1. Indoctrination



    1. Controlled participation



    1. Direction of popular discontent

8. What POLITICAL (not economic) actions did Gorbachev take in the 1980s?




Fascism (pages 172-180)


  1. Compare the chart on page 162 (Communism) with the chart o page 172 and complete the Venn diagram explaining how the systems are the same, and how they are different.

Communism The same Fascism








  1. Summarize the rise of the Nazis, including the role of the Treaty of Versailles, the Weimar Republic, and the economic crisis.




  1. How did the Nazis manipulate democracy to turn it into a dictatorship? (include a discussion of the Enabling Act)



  1. Give examples of how the Nazis used the four techniques of a dictatorship

    1. Force




    1. Indoctrination



    1. Controlled participation



    1. Direction of popular discontent



Summary of ideas

  1. Why reject the ideals of liberalism? (in other words, why can the rejection of democracy be a good thing)


  1. What factor was MOST responsible for the rejection of liberalism? (

    1. In Russia



    1. In Germany



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