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Historical Parallels

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Christelle Chan

on 22 April 2014

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Subsequently, without trusting anyone would cause everyone to fall into insanity. The suspicion among all of them would bring society into shambles and lack of order would befall everyone. Life would be lived in paranoia, until it becomes a mutual feeling to experience day after day. Each government fears of a rebellion by their citizens and mistrust that their citizens would undoubtedly obey the law. Thus, governments would oppress their citizens lives to protect themselves and their power.

Period 3
Monday, April 21, 2014
Christelle Chan
The novel 1984 by George Orwell

The article "You and the Atom Bomb" by George Orwell

The article "George Orwell and the Cold War: A Reconsideration" by Murray N. Rothbard

The article "Tribune and the atom bomb letters"

The movie V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue

Peace Is War :

Historical Parallels Between
and the
Cold War

perpetual warfare

play a major role in
and the
Cold War
And how
What forms of
where used by each government in
and the
Cold War
? And
Perpetual warfare
allows both governments to gain
governmental supremacy
maintain society in complete disorder

controlling the fear and hate in its citizens
forming patriotism among its citizens
downgrading the lives of citizens
convincing their citizens to let them take control of the war

despite that each country is "unable to destroy one another, have no material cause for fighting, and are not divided by any genuine ideological difference" (Orwell 186). Yet, simultaneously there still must"be no peace . . . but no all-out war" (Rothbard).
Each government strives for complete supremacy. Both hierarchies overthrow and abolish all citizens rights overtime through means of constant war, fear, mistrust, and manipulation. With the absolute oppression of each country's citizens, they gain ultimate sovereignty over society and execute whatever they desire. These attributes where specifically displayed through 1984, in order to portray the aftermath of a government whose sole ambition is to gain superiority above all. In such a way, exposes why these same aspects appear in the Cold War as well. The novel 1984 and the Cold War both support my thesis that both contain similar aspects and displays the results of the ruling of an authoritarian regime.
How has
affected the government and its citizens in
and the
Cold War
Other main forms of manipulation excluding fear include:

"To bring about indispensable deception of the people requires a tremendous development of propaganda" (Rothbard).

Cold War
Posters of Stalin leading the army, helping citizens, declaring what he wants.

Posters of "Big Brother" stating "Big Brother Is Watching You" and other posters saying, "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH."

Luring with luxury

Option #6 Historical Parallels: What aspects are evident in both the novel 1984 and the Cold War that lead to supreme authority?
The road to peace.
"All that is needed is that a state of war should exist"(Orwell 192).
The novel 1984 engraves itself into mankind's history by forewarning future generations of the upcoming struggles that will result in an authoritarian regime, revealing all its similarities with the Cold War.
Thesis Statement
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