Use of Power by Dictators
Dictators use the following four techniques to gain and maintain power:
- force and terror
- use of scapegoats
demonstrate how both Stalin and Hitler used these techniques.
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For one example, both Stalin and Hitler used scapegoats. Hitler, of course, used the Jews. Stalin used people like the kulaks and like the fictitious "wreckers" who were accused of causing most of the problems when things went wrong.
Of course, both used force and terror by imprisoning opponents or just killing them. They both had secret police for this task.
Dictators must build up support from below. One method of indoctrination in Nazi Germany was the Hitler Youth Program. There was no better way to unsure a generation of support for Hitler's leadership than to welcome in the children who usually feel invisible to the adult world and tell them they where important and that they were the future. He shaped the mindsets of thousands of children, and by extension, many of their parents.
Both of these men used force and terror to try and control people. Stalin mostly in his own country and against those who spoke out against him and his policies. Hitler used force and violence against the Jews and anyone who tried to help the Jews.
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