How does being in power influence personality? How does that change when an individual or group is out of power? Discuss the rise and fall of the British Empire and the legacy of colonialism.
This question will be a building block for a longer homework assignment.
In class, students can discuss examples from A Small Place, as well as from contemporary life and history. Who are freedom fighters who grew to be despots? What is the usual course of populist leadership? For example, Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler were contemporaries and populist leaders. Other than the obvious differences (man of peace versus mass murderer), how did their movements differ? They both wanted...
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