Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single Party States


The 20th century produced many authoritarian and single-party states. The origins, ideology, form of government, organization, nature and impact of these regimes should be studied.

Major themes


Origins and nature of ASPS
  • Conditions that produced ASPS
  • Emergence of leaders: aims, ideology, support
  • Totalitarianism: the aim and the extent to which it was achieved

Establishment of ASPS
  • Methods: force, legal
  • Form of government, (left/right wing) ideology
  • Nature, extent and treatment of opposition

Domestic policies and impact
  • Structure and organisation of government and administration
  • Political, economic, social and religious policies
  • Role of education, the arts, media, propaganda
  • Status of women, treatment of religious groups and minorities