What is the major outline of axis power?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The nature of the question could feature more clarification.  From what I can gather, the central focus of the Axis power consolidation lay in the desire for world domination.  At the time, the concept of the "charismatic leader" was defining much of the world political scene.  Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany were embodiments of the charismatic leader who was able to embody a nation and a people.  While not explicitly members of the Axis coalition, Stalin in Russia and Franco in Spain were other examples of this "super leader," someone who held the touch of being able to be vaulted in the position of power by the ordinary person, but someone that was truly extraordinary in their consolidation of power and control of a specific nation.  These leaders did not really care much for institutional checks and balances and policy debate because they were the nation.  They embodied it and it was theirs.

It was in this setting that the major outline or primary focus of the Axis powers became extremely clear.  In forging alliances between one another, the Axis powers became convinced that they could begin the process of controlling the world, carving it up amongst one another and using the benefits of the alliance system to substantiate their own military strength and parlaying it into tactical supremacy.  Hitler and Mussolini started the Axis alliances, and both realized its benefits when nation after nation fell into their column.  An alliance with an expansionistic Japan helped to bring the Axis alliance a level of control throughout the world, helping to embolden the dream or pursuit of total world domination.  The Axis powers and their charismatic supermen were eventually undermined by the Allied forces and their own supermen, led by FDR and Churchill.

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