Characteristics Of Totalitarianism During World War II

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During World War II, countries such as Japan and Germany utilized characteristics of totalitarianism such as control of information, persecution, and ideology, which contributed to atrocities including the Rape of Nanking, concentration camps, and the Bataan Death March.
During World War II, Japan’s totalitarian trait of control of information contributed to the war atrocity of the Rape of Nanking. Control of information is the indoctrination of the state’s ideology through censorship, control over education and media, and the use and spread of propaganda. The government provides biased or false information to convince citizens to accept certain beliefs or actions through the control of information. INSERT HISTORICAL EXAMPLE. In many Japanese
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A nation’s ideology is a set of opinions or beliefs that citizens or a government have in common. These beliefs are used in order to set goals of the state, glorify the aims of the state, and justify government actions. A nation’s ideology is a set of opinions or beliefs that citizens or a government have in common. These beliefs are used in order to set goals of the state, glorify the aims of the state, and justify government actions. For example, anti-Semitism was a component of Nazi ideology in which Nazis and many Germans believed to have been superior to people of other races and religions, primarily Jewish people. (p. 502). During World War II, the Japanese demonstrated the trait of ideology because many Japanese thought that it was dishonorable to surrender, and would rather die fighting for their country or commit suicide than give themselves up to the enemy. (Letters From Iwo Jima). In January 1942, Japanese forces invaded the Phillipines. American and Filipino forces took up a defensive position on the Bataan Peninsula, but three months later, the Japanese military seized control of the Bataan Peninsula. Japanese military officials commanded Japanese troops to transfer the Allied prisoners of war fifty miles up the peninsula. This order called for the initiation of the Bataan Death March. (WWII The Pacific Front lecture). During the Bataan Death March, Allied prisoners faced terrible cruelties. For instance, prisoners who were too weak or slow to make the journey were forced to dig their own graves, and many were buried alive. Out of the 70,000 prisoners in the Bataan Death March, 16,000 were either brutally killed or died due to starvation or exhaustion. (WWII The Pacific Front lecture). The Japanese trait of ideology led to the command to initiate a forced march fifty miles up the Bataan Peninsula because the Japanese believed the

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