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How did the rise of totalitarianism lead to WWII?

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jellifish | Student | eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:34 AM via web

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How did the rise of totalitarianism lead to WWII?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM (Answer #1)

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This helped to lead to WWII because totalitarian countries like Nazi Germany and Japan were the ones who caused the conditions that led to the war.  It is hard to say that totalitarianism itself caused the war since, for example, the USSR did not really cause the war to happen and it was totalitarian.  However, it was the actions of totalitarian states that brought the war about.

Because Germany and Japan were totalitarian with strong military influences, their people were unable to exert any control over foreign policies.  The expansionist leaders of both countries were able to take steps (taking Austria and Czechoslovakia and invading Poland; invading China) that caused the war.

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