Hitler's Rise To Power In Europe

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Dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini rose to power in Europe during 1919-1939. Factors such as poor economy, desperate need for purpose, and fear made Europe grasp onto their final hope--dictators. The rise of nationalism was due to the fall of monarchy. Furthermore, the countries that suffered most from the war was filled with resentment and hatred. The false promises (made by dictators) gave weakened countries hope that one day, they will be powerful again. The economic problems--after World War I--left the European countries extremely weak. Italy, for example, had industrial and agricultural workers staged strikes. The middle class started to support Mussolini’s fascist movement, in fear of the strikes from the lower class. Moreover, the middle-class did not like socialism and communism, making Fascism very compelling. The Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to pay for damages to France and Great Britain. Additionally, Germany’s economy collapsed as the Great Depression settled in. When Hitler declared World War II, the rich business owners would side with him because it would profit them the most. Despite withdrawing from the war early, Russia suffered severely due to…show more content…
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