Women In Society: Nazi Germany and Communist Russia

The role of women in society has been a hotly debated issue for millennia. Different cultures have chosen to address the issue in many ways, and the Nazi and Socialist regimes had to deal with the issue within their respective regimes.  Theoretically, the Nazi ideologies could not appear more different from those of Soviet Russia, … Continue reading Women In Society: Nazi Germany and Communist Russia

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Regime Changes After WWI: The Appeal of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini

From the readings of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, Stalin’s exhortation to business executives and Mussolini’s definition of fascism, it’s clear that all three of these leaders that they had incredible charisma and were capable of rallying the public behind them as leaders as well as behind their movements. Hitler’s charisma is undeniable, as he draws the … Continue reading Regime Changes After WWI: The Appeal of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini

Europe’s Attempted Lasting Peace – The Treaty of Versailles

As the Great War drew to a close, the victorious allies sought a lasting peace that would end the horrors of World War I and ideally limit the possibility that such a total war could ever be repeated. The question of what to do about the aggressor nations, however, remained and agreement over peace terms … Continue reading Europe’s Attempted Lasting Peace – The Treaty of Versailles

Emotional Dichotomy in the Interwar Years

It is little wonder that the years between WWI and WWII were full of mixed emotions and a prevailing dichotomy of fear and uncertainty on the one hand and excitement and almost euphoria on the other.  The European continent had undergone a huge shift from a time of relative peace to one of total war, … Continue reading Emotional Dichotomy in the Interwar Years

The Reality of Trench Warfare in Literature – WWI

Prior to WWI, warfare was little different than it was in the Medieval and Renaissance period. Armies would meet on the field of battle, and a series of charges, defensive maneuvers and tactical strategies would take place until one side or the other conceded.  With the advancement of technology brought on by the first and … Continue reading The Reality of Trench Warfare in Literature – WWI