Ch 53: MTEL History: Historical Influences on Political Ideologies

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Use this helpful overview of historical influences on political ideologies to increase your understanding of liberalism, fascism, communism, and more. The lessons in this chapter can help you feel poised and ready to take an exam or engage in a class discussion.

Historical Influences on Political Ideologies - Chapter Summary

This chapter is a quick and easy way to get up to speed on political ideologies with historical influences. Our expert instructors discuss leaders that became synonymous with totalitarianism, such as Hitler and Stalin. You can also use these lessons to review the role of fascism in contemporary politics. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between ideology and politics
  • List characteristics of American liberalism
  • Distinguish between communism and socialism
  • Discuss the history of fascism
  • Provide examples of totalitarianism
  • Recall historical developments in political thought
  • Discuss the ideas of major political thinkers during the Enlightenment in Europe
  • Explain how democratic ideas spread during the American Revolution

These lessons are concise, yet information-packed, and can assist you with quickly grasping the concepts presented. A brief quiz is available to test your understanding of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a study tool. The quizzes link back to specific topics in the video, so if you get a question wrong you can review that topic with just one click.

8 Lessons in Chapter 53: MTEL History: Historical Influences on Political Ideologies
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What Is a Political Ideology?

1. What Is a Political Ideology?

Nearly every opinion on the appropriateness or inappropriateness of government policy, ranging from welfare to gun control, is a reflection of a person's political ideology. In this lesson, you learn about political ideology and its importance.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

2. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Liberalism is one of the great political traditions of the Western world and the dominant political ideology in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of liberalism, its major tenets and its influence.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

3. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

People often confuse socialism and communism. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and similarities between each of these theories. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

4. Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Fascism is a political ideology that literally wreaked havoc across the globe in the first part of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about what fascism is, its history and its influence. A short quiz follows.

Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

5. Totalitarianism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Totalitarianism is a form of government control that swept across Europe in the early 20th century. It eventually spread to other parts of the globe but is generally characterized by the major personalities that helped to define totalitarianism. Leaders like Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini became synonymous with the control they held over their nations and people.

Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

6. Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

Want to know how Western countries went from being ruled by absolute monarchs to having democracies? This lesson explains some of the major historical developments in political thought.

Political Thinkers of the Enlightenment

7. Political Thinkers of the Enlightenment

In this lesson, you will explore the ideas of major political thinkers who lived and wrote during the Enlightenment in Europe. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

8. The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

Democratic ideals spread before, during and after the American Revolution. This generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson explores the Revolutionary roots of the Constitution.

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