Political Concerns Of The 1930 ' S Essay

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Political concerns in the 1930’s The 1930’s were a time of great political turmoil. With the failure of capitalism, as seen by the Great Depression and its effect on the global economy, people started to look at other ways of running both the economy and governments. This is what started the spread of extreme forms of leadership, such as communism and fascism, and uprisings against the current ones. For the U.S. and other allied democracies, this was a major threat to their interests. For the western world, the biggest political concerns were the three R’s: Relations, Radicalization, and Revolution. The one with the biggest implications for the world as a whole was radicalization. Fascism, a form of government characterized by its obsession with order, security, and nationalism, as well as its disdain for intellectuals and fair treatment of individuals, was the most common, and most dangerous, form of government. As Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.” Fascism spread throughout Europe’s peninsular (Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy) and eastern (Romania, Serbia, Slovakia) countries during the 1930’s, mostly as a result of political coups. This meant the weakening of France and England’s power and influence over the rest of Europe. The biggest problem, though, was a form of government that has often been confused as fascism, Nazism. The election of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany and his subsequent…

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