Sept. 27 – Axis Powers Formed

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History(BR), Bell Ringers

On Sept. 27, 1940 the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin marked the formation of the Axis powers.

The Axis powers were the nations that fought against the Allied forces in World War II, with the three main powers being Nazi Germany, the Empire of Japan, and the Kingdom of Italy.

These three governments rejected the liberal principles that were prevailing in the times in countries like the United States under FDR. Instead, these countries were ruled by fascist governments. Nationalistic sentiments led to governments where individual interests were secondary to the good of the nation and opposition was oppressed. These ruling countries were led by far-right movements that opposed emerging liberal policies.




Questions:
  1. What do you think led the Axis powers to such an extreme form of government? Was the formation a response to increasing liberalism around the world?
  2. What role do you think geography played in the formation of the Axis powers? What made their development after the Great Depression so much different from the United States and other countries?
  3. Would a fascist government be able to survive today? Why or why not? What factors encourage the formation of a fascist government?

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