The Rise of Dictators By: Cecilie McKenzie

What is a Dictator?

  • Dictator; A ruler with absolute power
  • Often rising in times of national weakness
  • They introduce themselves as powerful and confident leaders
  • Offering to provide fellow citizens with guidance and direction

Past Dictators

Josef Stalin, Hideki Tojo, Adolf Hitler, & Vladimir Lenin

Adolf Hitler

  • Dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945
  • Inflation caused major economic problem (depression)
  • Hitler head of GWP (NSGW - Nazis) named Chancellor (1933), dictator by 1934
  • Promises jobs, new German “super” race, reclaim land, rebuild military.
  • Estimated death toll of 17 to 20 million people

Benito Mussolini

  • Dicator of Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953
  • Took advantage of Italian unrest.
  • Gathered war veteran and generally unhappy citizens as followers.
  • Promised to end unemployment, gain land, strengthen military, stop worker strikes, and outlaw communism.
  • Used violence to win election.
  • Ended free election, press, and speech.
  • Goals of state put over individual.

Current Dictators

Kim Jong Un

  • Grandson of Kim II Sung (worshiped as god, Juche)
  • Kim Jong-un elected unopposed to the Supreme People's Assembly
  • At 32 his is the first North Korean leader born after the country's founding.

Alexander Lukashenko

  • President of Belarus since 1994
  • Dubbed Europe's last dictator
  • Lukashenko's son Nikolai is his chosen heir
  • "appears to be laying plans to turn his authoritarian regime into a North Korean-style dynasty"

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