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A dictatorship, as defined by dictionary.com, is “A country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator,” but there is much more to a dictatorship than that.  Many dictators are charismatic and have a way with people, have a desire for power, and many dictatorships didn’t start as one but instead start as a democracy, but as the leader accumulates more power the country begins to recognize that it is under the rule of a dictator.  Some dictators, like the Kim dynasty, take control and when the dictator can’t run the country anymore they have their heir take over.  A prime example of a dictatorship starting as a democracy is: Nazi Germany.  In 1930 Germany, was in a severe economic struggle, and in 1932 a promising young man by the name of Adolf Hitler was elected as the German Chancellor, and took office in 1933.  He was elected there, and after an odd fire occurred, he was given emergency powers in an attempt to stop a communist revolution from happening, and through these powers he was able to solidify his position as the ruler of Germany.  However, the Communist revolution was completely fake and was really a plan to frame a political opponent and gain emergency power, so he could create a dictatorship without anyone resisting or questioning the fact that he now has complete power over Germany.  He would then create the Third Reich, the Nazi Party, and become the Dictator of Germany.  He would ban all other political parties in Germany, and begin to talk over a majority of Germany.  He was a very charismatic person and was able to gain a large amount of followers and took over the country with ease.  During Hitler’s rise to power he demonstrated a great knowledge of the economy and what was going wrong, and how to fix it.  He was charismatic and had a way with people, and is a great example of what a dictator is like.  He rose to power when the country was in distress and once in power, was able to gain even more power, and made sure that his party was the only political party in Germany.  He held all power, whether it be economic, industrial, or military.  A constitution should have limited Hitler’s power, but as a dictator his word is law, a constitution means nothing to him because it would limit his power.   All the power of the government was in his hands.  During his rise to power he blamed the economic failure on the Jewish people, because they had money when the rest of the country was broke.  In reality they didn’t really have much more money than the rest of the citizens in Germany, but instead knew how to live off of very little money, and were able to prosper while an economic failure was occuring.  He kept his power partly because he was a charismatic person, but he mainly ruled with an iron fist, and kept his power by keeping his people in a constant state of fear.  Once he had control of the government he began working on improving the military so he could take control of Europe, and possibly the world.  He, much like other dictators, wasn’t content with just ruling his country, he wanted the entire world to knee before him and recognize him as their ruler.  Today’s dictatorships are not like dictatorships of the past, but resemble that of totalitarian countries of old.  In the Roman empire a dictator was someone who held a great deal of power.  Dictatorships existed but were called totalitarian governments, in where a tyrant held the power and their word was final, much like what dictatorships are today.  Today the words totalitarian government and a dictatorship are close to being the same thing.  In a dictatorship all the power is held by a single person, but in a totalitarian government the government as a whole, holds all the power not just a single person.  Totalitarian governments and dictatorships do have somethings in common, since both styles of government usually rule through fear and are not well liked by the country or the world, as time goes on.  A dictatorship, as defined by dictionary.com, is “A country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.”  Many dictators are charismatic and have a way with people, have a desire for power, and many dictatorships didn’t start as one but instead start as a democracy, but as the leader accumulates more power the country begins to recognize that it is under the rule of a dictator.  In today’s world dictators and dictatorships are not seen as good and in most cases other countries will try and remove the leader from power, since they are seen as a threat to the surrounding countries and even the world at times.

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