From the Document: "My suggestion was that each student would write a chapter-length study of Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] in one country under the general heading 'Covid-19 Under Democracy and Autocracy'. [...] Of the various approaches to studying a pandemic, being a political science class, the chosen approach was to ask how the pandemic was handled in democracies and autocracies. This question presented itself starkly from the very first months when China dealt successfully with community transmission through a sudden, rigid, and toughly-enforced shut down. Democratic nations like Italy and Spain were unable to replicate this feat. Government type was therefore a starting point for the enquiry, but it would not hold a monopoly on that enquiry. The students were asked to determine whether there were other features, historical, geographic, or social, that contributed to understanding how nations dealt with the pandemic."
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