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Fascism & Its Beginnings

Fascism

Fascism is a political system that can be categorized by the following: 

  • radical right-wing form of government
  • glorified military and armed struggle
  • extreme nationalism 
  • placing blame for problems on ethnic/economic minorities 
  • the justification of violence to achieve political goals 
  • anti-communist 
  • the suppression of other political parties, protests, and independent trade unions
  • ruled by a single unit 
  • Fascist states were totalitarian state- all aspects of society were under government control 

How Did it Start?

  • The Great Depression created the opportunity for Fascism to rise because it left governments unable to provide for the people and sustain their economies. 💸People were desperate for alternative solutions so they looked to individuals and groups who had new ideas. 
  • Fascism began to rise in Italy under Benito Mussolini 🇮🇹
  • Mussolini took over the Italian government and created the Italian Fascist state 
  • Fascist ideals and totalitarian style governments then began to spread to areas such as Germany and Spain 🇩🇪 🇪🇸
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