Essay on The Events Of World War I

2001 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
The landscape that Europe was met with after the cataclysmic events of World War I was essential in both formulating emerging ideological movements and restructuring past ideas. Fascism would emerge as a tool, especially in ensuing international conflicts in the 1940s, to assist leaders in manipulating domestic nationalist bases to spread homogenous ideas to minority groups through militant and authoritarian tactics. Communism during this period would only vaguely echo the mid-19th century ideals of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, with the Lenin-caused split in the ideology dropping calls for equality and open means of production for all in favor of political action and national self-determination. Even at the core of their ideologies, fascism and communism are inherently different methods of social and political order, with the prior pushing for a national imperial takeover through complete state ordinance, seen especially in Mussolini’s rule, and communism vehemently objecting to political order and class structure in favor of radical democratization of social and economic life, existing not in full effect in current history, but in shades of Lenin’s Socialist Republic. The first major difference between the two ideologies comes in organization and structure. In the essay Fascist Wars on Labour Unions by G.D.H. Cole, the argument is made that “Communism has won and held power in Russia by organizing the proletariat against the bourgeoisie; Fascism at any rate began by…

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