Research Question

I have now discovered that when looking at trends in history it is a somewhat difficult thing to do because there are so many varying factors that may have attributed to a particular trend. So now I ask,

What are the reasons efforts to develop Communism in the 20th century turned into dictatorships?

If one looks at the countries where Communism became the political engine one might notice a trend. From what I’ve observed that trend is that some, not all, of these countries were going through some sort of internal unrest or chaos prior the rise of Communism. A few examples are North Korea and the U.S.S.R.

Japanese flag being lowered

Japanese Imperial flag in Korea being lowered after the Japanese surrender.

On the Korean peninsula, the Koreans had been facing occupation of the Japanese empire, which a young charismatic named Kim Il Sung is attributed as being an excellent guerilla war leader, and ultimately a war that left much of the peninsula in ruble. In Russia there was a number of factors such as: food scarcity, war, shift of power from the Tsar, poor working conditions and so on. I hardly touched on some of the attributing factors in these two countries because I can go on and on about Communist countries and their turbulent beginnings. However, having identifying a commonality between these countries and maybe others, though they have different factors that attributed to these commonalities, can it be inferred that dictators came to power because they took advantage of the vulnerable people who were in need of a savior and stability?


A group of protesters in 1905 called for reform on the war Russia was in and were fired upon by the police.


One thought on “Research Question

  1. Very good refinement to your research question. Remember you don’t have to answer it, at least not this semester, but you do need to figure out the primary and secondary sources.
    So what kind of primary sources could you use? These could be documents in translation from Russia and Korea, news articles, state department reports, and the like.

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