How did Germany and Japan rule the people they conquered? How did this contribute to their hold on power?

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I suppose you can argue that both Germany and Japan ruled the people they conquered with an iron fist.  This helped them keep power because people were, for the most part, too afraid to resist them.  You should look at your text to see if this is what it says.

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I suppose you can argue that both Germany and Japan ruled the people they conquered with an iron fist.  This helped them keep power because people were, for the most part, too afraid to resist them.  You should look at your text to see if this is what it says.

I do not think it is accurate to say this, however.  The Germans and Japanese did not rule the same way everywhere.  For example, the Germans were not terribly harsh with the French but were harsh with the Poles and the Russians.  The Japanese were very harsh in China, but less so in the Philippines until the war started going badly.

But I doubt your textbook is looking for that kind of nuance.  I assume that it is saying that they ruled harshly.  You should check and make sure.

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