What is Populism?
Populism was a brief movement during the late-1800s. It has roots with farmers and others who felt battered by the rising power of big business and corporations.
However, the Populist inspiration has reemerged in the 21st century–not only in the U.S., but around the world.
Populism in the 21st Century
Today’s Populism is not a farmers-only movement, but a wider phenomenon that is reacting to ongoing socio-cultural, political, and economic issues in our increasingly globalized society.
A great way to study for the AP European, U.S., and World History exams is to compare current events with the past. Through compare and contrast, you are practicing the critical thinking skills of not only comparison, but also
- continuity and change over time,
- periodization, and
Through this practice, you will identify larger concepts, perspectives, and themes that provide a richer understanding of the historical past.
Populism in the News
Check out these news articles about current Populist movements. While skimming these articles, see how you can make comparisons to what is going on now and what possible connections you can make to the historical past. You might be surprised with what you come up with!
- Make No Mistake: Populism is Winning
- What Do We Mean By ‘Populism,’ Anyway?
- How Does Populism Turn Authoritarian? Venezuela Is a Case in Point
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