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Stalin and Hitler Use of Power by Dictators Dictators use the following four techniques...

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soobinsong | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 1, 2011 at 1:10 AM via web

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Stalin and Hitler

Use of Power by Dictators

Dictators use the following four techniques to gain and maintain power:

  • indoctrination
  • force and terror
  • use of scapegoats
  • propaganda

demonstrate how both Stalin and Hitler used these techniques.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 1, 2011 at 2:33 AM (Answer #2)

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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.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM (Answer #3)

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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.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted June 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM (Answer #4)

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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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