Saddam Hussein rose to power by maintaining his allegiance to the radical, Pan-Arab Ba'ath Party and ruthlessly eliminating all rivals. He joined the party as a teenager in Baghdad.Know More
Saddam Hussein was involved with a plot to assassinate then-Prime Minister Abdul Karim Kassem in 1959 and had to flee to Egypt. A succession of coups and political upheaval finally put the Ba'ath Party in power in 1963. There was a counter-coup and Hussein was imprisoned until 1966, when the party came back to power under Hassan Al-Bakr, who was a relative of Hussein.
Saddam Hussein occupied several posts in the government that helped to consolidate his power base. When Al-Bakr retired in 1979, Hussein was named as president and to consolidate his power, he promptly had his political rivals executed. At the same time, he increased oil revenues and spent money on schools, hospitals and other social programs.Learn more about Geography
Many factors lead to World War II, and many of them were either directly or indirectly linked to World War I, including dissatisfaction over the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Fascism and Hitler's rise to power and his eventual aggression, using his Nazi party to fulfill a mission to unite all German-speaking people.Full Answer >
The 1917 Russian Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the monarchy of Czar Nicholas II, the rise to power of the Russian Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin and the withdrawal of Russia from World War I. A civil war in Russia followed the revolution as the supporters of the old czarist regime, the "whites," struggled with the new Bolshevik powers, the "reds," for control. The Bolsheviks won the civil war and Russia became the Soviet Union, or U.S.S.R., in 1922.Full Answer >
Hitler took advantage of the Great Depression by using the misery of the German people and the chaos in government to expedite his rise to power. During the election campaign of 1930, just after the start of the depression, he toured the country making vague promises of employment, prosperity, order and German glory to the suffering Germans.Full Answer >
Anne Frank's parents, Otto and Edith Frank, decided to leave Germany in 1933 due to the economic crisis, Hitler's rise to power and the growing anti-Semitism in the country. The Franks were a liberal, middle-class Jewish family living in Frankfurt am Main before they decided to move to the Netherlands to escape the persecution of Jews in Germany.Full Answer >