Flashcards in Chapter 22: Depression, Dictators, and World War II Deck (36)
Causes of the Great Depression
- Overproduced consumer and agricultural goods, driving down the prices and incomes.
- Consumers did not have enough money or credit for these products.
- American stock market crash.
- People withdrew loans and money from banks (bank runs) and banks failed.
- Government cut down spending and budgets.
- America raised tariffs, and other nations retaliated.
- Declines in global trade.
Impact of the Great Depression
- Replaced the previous optimism with more fear and doubt.
- Created uncertainty for many workers.
- Increase in government intervention.
- Allowed dictators to exploit people's fears.
They were committed to the existing social order, but opposed popular participation in the government.
Had total control over the citizens, used technology to manipulate and censor information, and used education to mold loyal citizens and demonize scapegoats.
Types of totalitarianism include fascism and communism.
- One leader, one party.
- Condemned democracy.
- State-sponsored capitalism.
- Glorified war and aggressive nationalism.
- Control over the media.
- "dictatorship of the proletariat."
- Condemned capitalism.
- State ownership of everything.
- Manipulation of the media.
- Glorified the working class.
New Economic Policy
Lenin's temporary compromise with capitalism. He saw this was necessary due to the failing economy, unrest, and widespread famine.
Small businesses were denationalized, people could have free markets, but big industries were still owned by the communist government.
The New Economic Policy revitalized Russia's economy.
Stalin vs. Trotsky
After Lenin died, there was a power struggle between Stalin and Trotsky. Stalin ended up winning with his cunning and ruthless behind-the-scenes way of handling the situation and expelled Trotsky from the Communist Party.
Five Year Plans
Designed to transform the Soviet Union's economic and social structure. Had the following goals:
1. Collectivise agriculture (not as successful).
2. Rapidly develop large industries.
3. End the New Economic Policy.
4. Create a socialist command economy.
The five year plans were successful, and by the end, Russia was just barely trailing behind the US and Germany.
Resisting peasants to the collectivizing agriculture goal from the five year plans. The peasants who did not want to join collective farms were deemed kulaks, and sent to labor camps, executed, starved.
The Great Terror
Stalin proved to be a ruthless totalitarian dictator. He launched the Great Terror to expel the Old Bolsheviks, which expanded to include military officers, intellectuals, and normal citizens. Many people were innocently killed and sent away to gulags.
This ended when Stalin had eliminated all possible enemies and competitors (and then some), and resulted in a new Communist Party with complete loyalty to Stalin.
Forced labor camps that many Russians were sent to during Stalin's Great Terror.
Italy had initially joined WWI to get in on the mandates of Germany, but when they didn't get anything, they were bitter. Italy was also facing an economic crisis of severe inflation, unemployment, and debt, which caused many Italians to fear a communist revolution like Russia had underwent.
Italy needed a strong leader in all of this confusion, and Benito Mussolini rose up and ended the power vacuum, promising a better economy and military. Mussolini was then named the prime minister.
- Made Italy a Fascist state.
- Outlawed all political parties except fascism (censorship).
- Used propaganda throughout Italy.
Mussolini's Corporate Economy
Created a capitalist economy with state control over economic decisions. Mussolini made 22 state corporations to control all parts of the economy and made many economical decisions.
Outlawed strikes, and set wages and prices.
Mussolini needed to fix relationships between the Pope and the government. So in return of the pope recognizing the new fascist government, Mussolini gave the pope control over the independent Vatican City.
Weimar Republic Failure
- Many Germans believed the reason they lost so badly in WWI was because of betrayals within politicians in the Weimar Republic.
- The Great Depression caused many to loose faith in the Weimar Republic.
- Inflation from printing so much money to pay back the reparations.
- Nationalists were pissed that Germany failed so hard in WWI.
- Article 48 ruined the republic because it allowed rulers to rule by decree in "emergencies."
Why Hitler Rose to Power
- Strong, charismatic leader.
- Achieved power electorally, not revolutionarily.
- Modern propaganda.
- Nazism exploited people's fears.
Included the following spheres of influence:
- Master race
Nazi Germany was ruthlessly turned into a totalitarian state by Hitler. All other political parties were outlawed, and used the Gestapo to control this. Businesses, agriculture, media were all supervised by the government. The ideal nazi woman was a homemaker, and had domestic duties.
The secret police Hitler implemented to make sure people were conforming to the Nazi policies.
Even though Jews were a very small portion of the German population, Hitler used them as scapegoats for their problems, creating a common enemy. It started with Hitler banning Jews from holding public office, then the Nuremberg laws. Continuous violence against the Jews only grew, and escalated to mob violences such as Kristallnacht.
Hitler and the Treaty of Versaille
Hitler withdrew Germany from the League of Nations, and openly began a program of rearmament, and ordered his troops to the demilitarized zone of Rhineland.
Mussolini and Ethiopia
Mussolini ordered a massive invasion of the independent Ethiopia. Even though the League of Nations condemned Italy, nothing truly happened because the League of Nations had no army.
Why Didn't Democracies Do Anything?
- Many countries underestimated Hitler and his thirst for power and conquest.
- Many Americans though American intervention in European affairs was a mistake, and thus did not want to intervene again.
- Countries had bigger domestic problems to deal with first.
- People thirsted for peace after the horrific WWI.
Spanish Civil War
Spain was deeply divided, and some people wanted a continued republic (Loyalists) while the Nationalists favored a fascist government like Italy.
Led by General Franco, the nationalists rebelled, in which Germany and Italy allied this group, and Russia sent in allies for the Loyalist side.
Escalated when German troops bombed the defenseless Guernica. The republican resistance collapsed, and Franco implemented an authoritarian regime in Spain.
Hitler wanted to rapidly expand his empire, and focused on Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. The Munich Conference was called by Britain, Italy, and France to negotiate Hitler's demand that Czech give up Sudetenland.
This empowered Hitler to want to attack Poland as well, Munich Conference came to represent a symbol of surrender, and the Europeans vowed never again to appease a ruthless dictator.
Outbreak of WWII
Hitler attacked Poland with blitzkrieg after the Munich Conference. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.