Social 30: Dictator Research

Both 30-1 and 30-2 will be researching dictatorships with an eye towards their resistance of liberalism. Furthermore, these figures often played a part in the Cold War or were in power as a result of the Cold War. Finally, knowing one regime inside and out is helpful with respect to the diploma.

This is the single most weighted assessment for this unit. There are mandatory check-ins on this task May 1st and 3rd.

Social 30-2: Your task is to create a report card based on your assigned dictator.

Dictator Report Card

You may choose Stalin (WS, CH, RT) Hitler (KV), or Mussolini (BR) for this task. Only two students per dictator. (With my approval you can choose off the -1 list)

Social 30-1:

Your task is to write a formal research paper on the dictator of your choice (as confirmed with me). The paper should focus on the following elements:

  • How the dictator came to power
  • Description of dictator’s ideology
  • How the dictator holds power
  • Attempts to destabilize/overthrow the dictator (ties with above)
  • Fall of the dictator
  • Status of the regime today

Recommended length: 1200-1500 words.

In all cases, you must make DIRECT connections to the principles of liberalism. That is to say, discussions on the various freedoms associated with liberalism. Where appropriate, connections to Hobbes and Machiavelli should be made.

As this is your only research paper, citations MUST BE USED. The approved style for this class is Chicago/Turabian: you may choose to use footnotes or in text parenthetical. (Historians typically use footnotes while political science trends towards the latter: As such, I accept either as long as you’re consistent.) If you’re not sure of how to cite your sources I humbly suggest asking!!

You must use a minimum of five reliable sources.

List to choose from – this list changes somewhat from year to year based on who I’m tired of reading about. No more than one person may be assigned a given dictator:

  • Baby Doc (Haiti) –
  • Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (Turkmenistan) *NEW*
  • Fulgencio Batista (Cuba) – LW
  • Nicolae Ceausescu (Romania) – TS
  • Augusto Pinochet (Chile)
  • Hideki Tojo (Japan) *NEW* – BD
  • Suharto (Indonesia) –
  • Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) *NEW* – 
  • Milosevic (Yugoslavia/Serbia) – GQ
  • Manuel Noriega (Panama) *NEW* – TC


Mr. McIntosh

Teacher - Humanities

In a typical year I teach a range of courses from elementary to high school. I am our school's Social Studies specialist, teaching high school social, as well as a member of the PE team.

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