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The Role of Fear and Violence in Dictatorship

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Hilary Izatt

on 25 November 2018

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Transcript of The Role of Fear and Violence in Dictatorship

Hannah Arendt
Who was Arendt?
The Role of Fear and Violence in Dictatorship
The Travel Band and the Authoritarian 'Ladder of Violence'
"Reflections on Violence"
So What?
Class Business
Midterm Exam: Take-Home, open-note, open-book
I will post on MyCourses on Monday, February 19
Exam is Due Monday, February 26 at 9:40 a.m.
(I will not accept late exams)
Turn in one electronic copy to MyCourses and one hard copy to me in class.
Midterm Format:
Five Identifications
2 Short Essay
Midterm Exam Review
5 Identification Questions:
Ideal Answer: 3-5 Sentences
First Define the term
Then explain how it relates to the study of Authoritarianism
include at least 2 different authors
Social Contract
The idea of the social contract was used by Thomas Hobbes to justify the need for government (1651). Hobbes specifically points to the need for a "Leviathan" or noble dictator who will intervene and ensure men are safely out of the short, brutish and solitary state of nature (Hobbes). Unlike, Tilly's (1985) predatory view of the state, Hobbes asserts that states will act benevolently to protect their citizens from a violent state of nature. Buenos de Mequita (2003), incorporated Hobbes' ideas to measure how far states have modernly progressed away from the state of nature. Unlike Hobbes, however, he argues that the states are not innately benevolent and the more authoritarian a state is, the closer to the state of nature a country will remain.
2 Short Essays
Choose 2 out of 5 provided
Ideal Answer:
5-7 Paragraphs
Incorporates at least 3 authors
well-executed (outline, draft, proofread)
Treat like a mini paper
Include in-text citations as well as a works cited page
Do Not work In Groups! This should be your own, individual work. Do not plagiarize. Do not include any outside sources -- I have given you plenty material to do well.
By marking the following space with the letter X, you indicate that you are submitting your own, individual work in completing this test. Any sources you incorporate are properly cited and you worked alone. Students who fail to mark X will receive a zero for this exam.


General Instructions
Film Essays #1 and #2
was due on March 19
Now due on March 30
Get Started on them NOW!!!
No Clark, Golder and Golder Reading for Monday (only BDM)
What is Oceania's primary Ideology?
How is the media central to maintaining that ideology?
What is the role of fear in Oceania?
Examples of big brother now?
Is Big Brother ever necessary?
Role of big brother in authoritarian Regime?

Any examples of authoritarian regimes that relate to Oceania?
What is the difference between violence and power?
Is there a relationship between violence and power?
What is the role of the bureaucracies?
How can we apply Arendt to the study of Autocracy?
How does Arendt apply to modern day?
What is the 'us vs. them' politics?
What is the "ladder of violence"?
Who do autocrats target?
What is the role of fear?
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