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Similarities and differences between Italian and German Fascism

March 28, 2016 | Author: | Posted in east european studies, history


20th century Europe saw the rise and fall of many political factions and styles of government . With the onset of two ‘world ‘ wars , that presented the opportunity for multiple changes in power . The desire for change is always there among at least a few people , but war and post-war conditions greatly elevates those desires and helps to initiate revolution and reform , as it did in Europe in the 20th century . World War I gave way to three different styles of rule that have made their own individual stamp upon history and [banner_entry_middle]

society : Communism , Fascism , and Nazism

Fascism and Nazism were both formed off the bases of socialism and nationalism , and were in direct opposition to the forces of Communism But , the two styles of rule usually receive their critiques and analyses separate from one another . The term Fascism , in its most widely known sense , is used in reference to the style of government that had its rise and period of domination in Italy from shortly after the end of World War I through World War II . And Nazism , of course , is synonymous with the man who might be even bigger than Nazism itself , Adolf Hitler Considering both the staying power , accomplishments , and everlasting impacts that both Communism and Nazism had and have had not only upon the regions and people that they directly affected , but also throughout the world , through history , and through generations of countless people it might be easy to understand why Fascism may be the odd man out in the discussion of various iron-fist ruling styles of the 20th century and throughout time

But , before that thought is pondered any deeper , one important question must be asked . What is Fascism ? Is it just that style of government that was in place in Italy , under the oversight of its dictator Benito Mussolini ? Or is it much broader than that ? The latter is the correct answer . Fascism comes from a number of influences , and includes more than just elements of nationalism , socialism , and anti-Communism . But past that , it becomes a little difficult to get a good grasp on just what Fascism is , because one mark of it from its beginning is that it ‘s evolved , time and again . And , in doing so , it has influenced a great many sources , just as it was influenced . One of those happens to be Nazism

Because of the due that Nazism has received , mostly in part to its appalling inhumanity , strong racist and ethnic ideologies that it employed , and the deep wounds and imprints that it left on history and society , the study of Fascism and the comparison of the two has not received as much of an interest until recent times . And , through a deeper investigation of the two , side by side , reveals a great deal Fascism and Nazism were certainly different in a number of ways , and not just in their names and the scope of their respective accomplishments and impacts , but they are quite alike in their backgrounds , ideologies… [banner_entry_footer]


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