Dictators & Tyrants Dictators & Tyrants

Dictators & Tyrants


Professor Robert David “KC” Johnson, Moderator

This Seminar will explore the concepts of dictatorship and tyranny in the modern world. After beginning with a historical sweep, it will discuss the emergence of totalitarianism in the 20th century, with sessions focused on Germany and the Soviet Union. It then will examine tyrants in Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East, before concluding with some thoughts on tyranny in the contemporary environment. Video will be used.

Session 1 The Historical Concept of Tyranny
Session 2 Hitler
Session 3 Soviet Communism
Session 4 Eastern Europe
Session 5 East Asia: China, Cambodia
Session 6 Dictatorship in the Modern World

Please note: There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar.
Specify your first choice of TIME.

WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OR WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
MAR 21
APR 4, 18
MAY 2, 16, 30


Cost $475 (6 sessions)
*tax deductible portion is $237.50

Professor Robert David "KC" Johnson

ROBERT DAVID “KC” JOHNSON — History Professor at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has written and edited numerous books about American history, and appears frequently as a pundit on the History Channel. His most recent publication is the edited Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, published by Palgrave/MacMillan; and he has been selected by Oxford University Press to edit its forthcoming Oxford History Handbook of American Foreign Relations.