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World War II Looms. I. Nationalism Threatens Europe & Asia A.Failure to WWI Peace 1. Treaty of Versailles didn’t create peace -Germans were blamed 2.

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1 World War II Looms

2 I. Nationalism Threatens Europe & Asia A.Failure to WWI Peace 1. Treaty of Versailles didn’t create peace -Germans were blamed 2. New democratic governments emerged 3. Dictators eventually seized power

3 B. Stalin Transforms Soviet Union 1.Democracy-> Revolution ->Communist 2.Began agricultural & industrial restructuring 3.Major change to industrial power 4.Anyone suspected of criticizing Stalin was arrested & shipped to Siberia (8-13 million deaths) : established total control:Totalitarian

4 C. Rise of Fascism 1.Benito Mussolini established totalitarian regime in Italy 2.Unlike Stalin, he didn’t want to take control of factories or farms 3.Many were scared 4.Mussolini crushed all opposition& was effective in making Italy a totalitarian state.

5 D. Nazis Take Over Germany 1.Adolf Hitler= leader of national Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) 2.Nazism based on extreme nationalism. Wanted to unite all of Germany -Believed blue eye, blond hair Aryans formed a master race, destined to rule the world. -Inferior races: Jews, Slavs, and non-whites should serve Aryans 3.Hitler believed in national expansion -Great Depression left 6 million unemployed, last hope was Hitler -Est. Third Reich

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