Why are the rulers in the twentieth century better at maintaining power than earlier tyrants?
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The governments of the three superpowers are alike in essence even though their forms of government have different names. Identify these similarities and explain why they exist?
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i have been trying to answer these for almost 4 days now and no matter how many times i read the chapters i still feel stuck and helpless!
The three superpowers exist as any country does. The governments, however, have an agreement that they will pretend a war is going on in order to get the citizens of each country to work hard and produce items for survival and every day life. They do not allow their citizens to "compare notes" so that they can't figure out that there isn't really a war going on and that they should continue hating whomever the government tells them to hate at the time. It's a win-win for the governments, as long as the truth is concealed.
For the first part of your question, I think you have to look to speed--speed of communication, and speed of transportation. A couple of centuries ago, it would take a long time to find out what was going on if the problem was any distance from where the rulers were located. Until the invention of the telegraph, there was no way of transmitting information faster than humans could carry it. Before the rulers could even start to respond to a problem, the problem could very well have changed. Think of trying to wage a war across an ocean, as would have happened during the American Revolution. Then, if you did need to send soldiers to keep your control of a region, they couldn't get to where they were going very fast. These days, with the instantaneous transmission of information and the ability to transport military personnel quickly, it is easier for tyrants to keep a tight hold on their power.