The Twentieth Century Relationship Between Totalitarianism And The Arts

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The twentieth century brought about new technologies and modern ideas that enabled governments to better control the entire population of their states. The condition of the world at this time also played a large role in the totalitarian take over. Many wars were taking place and people weren’t sure whether or not they could trust their governments. It was the age of anxiety and the fragile state of these countries made it easy for the governments to take full advantage of their citizens. Leaders such as Adolf Hitler promised that this new form of leadership was the way of the future and that it would bring about good results. To fully understand the twentieth century relationship between totalitarianism and the arts, we must first understand each component and its background separately. Totalitarianism is defined as “the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority” (Merriam-Webster). In other words, the government is totally and completely in charge of every aspect of life in a particular state, throughout both the public and the private sectors. The leader of a state under complete political control, also known as the absolute dictator, is usually one with a strong character and a will to lead. Perfect examples of these leaders are Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. In the twentieth century, these totalitarian leaders resided over Germany, Russia, and China. In the years of Joseph Stalin’s rule, the Russian leader…

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