CHY 4U 2012: Your Totalitarian State

Demilitarized Zone, North Korea via Flickr, by yeowatzup

We will begin the class by having each new state address its people. In order to prepare for the wondrous unveiling of (Insert your new regime here), I will give you 15 minutes to prepare your address.

Following these addresses, you will be divided into four groups. Each group will choose one of the topics below, and present its findings to the class. Notice that each topic also includes a video; ask me for the login and password.

Regardless of your topic, you must frame your findings around the following question:

How do your findings reflect/support the ideological tenets of the state? Or, in another way, how do your findings reflect your understanding of a totalitarian state?

First Five Years (421-422):

  1. Define ‘Collectivization’ in your own terms.
  2. How did Stalin encourage/discourage workers?
  3. How did farmers react to collectivization?
  4. How many people died due to the famine? What were the underlying reasons for Stalin’s famine in Ukraine?


Great Purge (422-423):

  1. Who were Stalin’s new enemies?
  2. What had previously happened to all other ideological political leaders/thinkers?
  3. What methods did Stalin use to keep an eye on his people?
  4. How did Stalin gain confessions from those he arrested?


Hitler’s War Against the Minorities (427-428):

  1. What rights were the Jews denied?
  2. How were Jews separated and identified by the government?
  3. Describe the events of ‘Kristallnacht.’ Who else were targets of the Nazis?
  4. How did eugenics promote persecution and killings?
  5. Why were the physically and mentally challenged people killed?


Fascism in Power: The Third Reich (426-427):

  1. What was the Reichstag fire and how did it benefit Hitler?
  2. Who were the Nazi’s first enemies?
  3. What was ‘burning of the books’ and why did the Nazi regime carry it out?
  4. What was ‘the night of Long Knives’ and why did Hitler carry it out
  5. Why were the Nazi’s so popular even though they implemented brutal laws?



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