A comparative exploration of attempts to create totalitarian regimes between 1922 and 1945 in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and elsewhere.
Between World War I and World War II, several major European nations, under the leadership of men such as Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, shunned democracy to open new historic paths towards "totalitarianism" - the ideal of state control over all aspects of citizens' lives. This paper examines the pre-history and history of the principal regimes that aspired to totalitarian rule, as well as historical interpretations of their emergence and demise.
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|Totalitarian Regimes: Europe 1922-1945
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- Appreciation of the intellectual currents and historical circumstances favouring totalitarian styles of rule
- Understanding of the similarities and differences among historical attempts to create totalitarian regimes
- An understanding of totalitarian regimes as political experiments
- An appreciation of historical responses to systematic human atrocities
- An understanding of the historical fragility of democracy