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"Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action, the conduct of "decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to "governments, political behavior is also observed in "corporate, "academic, "religious, and other institutions. "Political philosophy is the study of topics such as politics, "liberty, "justice, "property, "rights, "law, and the enforcement of a "legal code by authority: what they are, why (or even if) they are needed, what, if anything, makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it should take and why, what the law is, and what duties citizens owe to a legitimate government, if any, and when it may be legitimately overthrown, if ever. "Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of "power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at "elections, "public opinion, institutional activities, the "ideologies behind various "politicians and "interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.

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The "Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang is a revolutionary "socialist political party that sought independence from French colonial rule in "Vietnam during the early 20th century. Its origins lie in the mid-1920s, when a group of young "Hanoi-based intellectuals began publishing revolutionary material. From 1928, the VNQDD attracted attention through its assassinations of French officials and Vietnamese collaborators. Under increasing French pressure, the VNQDD leadership switched tack, replacing a strategy of isolated clandestine attacks against individuals with a plan to expel the French in a single blow with a large-scale popular uprising. After stockpiling home-made weapons, the VNQDD launched "an uprising on 10 February 1930 at "Yen Bai with the aim of sparking a widespread revolt. The mutiny was quickly put down, with heavy French retribution. "Nguyen Thai Hoc and other leading figures were captured and executed and the VNQDD never regained its political strength in the country. During the 1930s, the party was eclipsed by "Ho Chi Minh's "Indochinese Communist Party (ICP). Vietnam was occupied by "Japan during "World War II and, in the chaos that followed the Japanese surrender in 1945, the VNQDD and the ICP briefly joined forces in the fight for Vietnamese independence. However, after a falling out, Ho purged the VNQDD, leaving his communist-dominated "Vietminh unchallenged as the foremost anti-colonial militant organisation.

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Dr. "Javier Solana was the "High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Secretary-General of both the "Council of the European Union (EU) and the "Western European Union (WEU). This photograph shows him discussing with students of "RWTH Aachen University, one day before receiving the "International Charlemagne Prize of the city of Aachen.

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The "20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance. The growth of "democracy; the growth of "corporate power; and the growth of "corporate propaganda against democracy.
"Alex Carey, Taking the Risk out of Democracy, 1997

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""Józef Klemens Piłsudski

"Józef Piłsudski (1867–1935) was "Chief of State (1918–22), "First Marshal", and "authoritarian leader of the "Second Polish Republic. From mid-World War I he was a major influence in Poland's politics, and an important figure on the European political scene. He is considered largely responsible for Poland regaining independence in 1918, after 123 years of "partitions. Early in his political career, Piłsudski became a leader of the "Polish Socialist Party. Concluding, however, that Poland's independence would have to be won by force of arms, he created the "Polish Legions. In 1914 he anticipated the outbreak of a European war, the "Russian Empire's defeat by the "Central Powers, and the Central Powers' defeat by the western powers. When World War I broke out, he and his Legions fought alongside the "Austro-Hungarian and "German Empires to ensure Russia's defeat. In 1917, with Russia faring badly in the war, he withdrew his support from the Central Powers. From November 1918, when Poland regained independence, until 1922, Piłsudski was Poland's "Chief of State. In 1919–21 he commanded Poland's forces in the "Polish–Soviet War. In 1923, with the Polish government dominated by his opponents, particularly the "National Democrats, he withdrew from active politics. Three years later he returned to power with the "May 1926 coup d'état, and became the "de facto dictator of Poland. From then until his death in 1935, he concerned himself primarily with military and "foreign policy.

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