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Literature & History: Literature & History in Night and 1984

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List B: World War II, Social, Legal, and Political Issues

These occurred in Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Russia. They were portrayed in Night and 1984 and still play a role today.


  1. Cult of Personality: Worship of the Leader
  2. State Control of the Press
  3. Creating Enemies: Raising Fear and Hatred
  4. Social Conformity Systems: Physical and Mental Conformity
  5. Abuse of Governmental Power; Destruction of Civil Liberties; Mass Surveillance
  6. Police State Abuses
  7. Prison Systems and Torture
  8. Genocide / ethnic divisions and distrust
  9. Anti-Semitism

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