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authoritarianism

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

A style of government in which the rulers demand unquestioning obedience from the ruled. Traditionally, ‘authoritarians’ have argued for a high degree of determination by governments of...

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Benin

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

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A kingdom in southern Nigeria famous for bronze casting. Using the cire perdue technique, metalworkers cast human heads and relief plaques in a long series which stylistic...

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Chinese Revolution

Overview page. Subjects: World History — Politics.

The overthrow of the Manchu Qing dynasty and the establishment of a Chinese republic. After half a century of anti-Manchu risings, the imperial government began a reform movement that gave...

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class consciousness

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology.

In the transition from a ‘class in itself’ (a category of people having a common relation to the means of production) to a ‘class for itself’ (a stratum organized in active pursuit of its...

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Comintern

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(Communist International)

Organization of national communist parties for the propagation of communist doctrine with the aim of bringing about a world revolution. It was established...

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Communist Party States

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

When World War I broke out in 1914 there were no communist party states. For many years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 there were only three, the Soviet Union ...

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Confucianism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A system of philosophical and ethical teachings founded by the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479bc). His ideas about the importance of practical moral values, collected by his...

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Congo

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

The smaller of the two Congos is potentially oil rich, but its recurring civil war has held back development

The country's official name is the Republic of the Congo, though it is...

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dependency

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

A dependent territory is a territory that does not possess full political sovereignty (e.g. Ashmore and Cartier Islands is an external territory of Australia; and the Pitcairn Islands, a...

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Fidel Castro

Overview page. Subjects: History — Warfare and Defence.

(1926– )

Cuban statesman; prime minister (1959–76) and president (1976– ), who has evolved his own brand of Marxism and maintained a socialist government on the doorstep of the USA.

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