Some Core Features
Totalitarianism is a form of government control that swept across Europe in the early 20th century. It eventually spread to other parts of the globe but is generally characterized by the major personalities that helped to define totalitarianism. Leaders like Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini became synonymous with the control they held over their nations and people.
- Rule by a single party
- Total control of the military
- Total control over means of communication (such as newspapers, propaganda, etc…)
- Police control with the use of terror as a control tactic
- Control of the economy
However, even though there were common characteristics of the different totalitarian regimes, it didn’t look the same in all countries in which it was employed. So how did totalitarianism look? Let’s go over a couple of examples below.
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