Notice the massive spike beginning in the late 1920s to the end of the 1940s It

Notice the massive spike beginning in the late 1920s

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Notice the massive spike beginning in the late 1920s to the end of the 1940s. It is this time period we will be examining trying to understand how and why the governments came to power and how citizens ultimately suffered. Mostly, citizens are killed if the voice opposition, lead revolts, or aren’t apart of the wanted group of people the
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This graph shows how many citizens have been killed by their governments - something called democide. Notice the big spikes between the years of 1920 - 1944. It is this time period we will be exploring in this unit. In general, the citizens that were killed during these years voiced the opposition, lead revolts, or were not apart of the “in group” the nation valued. What surprises you most about this graph? In practice, as it turned out, fascism and communism amounted to the same thing— totalitarianism - a political idea where the state has total power and every citizen is required to submit to the will of the state. Of the four biggest totalitarian regimes (Italy, Germany, Russia, and Japan), common similarities existed from country to country. Each dictatorship was fiercely nationalist, supporting an extreme form of patriotism that, at least in Germany’s case, developed into active, racism toward members of the rejected race. Each established government controls over what had been a free market economy. Each used the army as an instrument to control the people and enforce the new rules of the
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