DAYDREAMING ABOUT A DIFFERENT WORLD

As you know, both Italian Fascism and German Nazism are examples of European totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. Once you know their causes, consequences and main aspects, do the activities below: 1. Read again the texts on Italian Fascism and German Nazism and say whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F). Then, correct the false ones so that they become true: a. ….. Benito Mussolini turned the proletarian internationalism into a nationalistic kind of socialism and founded Fascism in Italy. b. ….. The lower classes supported Mussolini’s National Fascist Party, which was based on the principles of order, hierarchy and discipline. c. ….. The fascist party won the election in 1924 and Mussolini took state control of every single economic activity. d. ….. Mussolini became a charismatic leader but he did not find any support from the Italians. e. ….. Hitler was imprisoned and he wrote My Struggle, which is considered the Bible of Nazism. f. ….. The bourgeoisie, the economic elites and the working class voted for Hitler in 1930 and the Nazi party became the most voted political force. g. ….. The president of the Republic appointed Hitler as Chancellor and he took office on March 30th, 1933. h. ….. The confinement of the Jews in ghettos and concentration camps was too expensive, so Hitler’s government decided to exterminate them.

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2. Once corrected, all the statements above show historical facts. Think about them and write conditional sentences that express the way things could have been different: Example Propaganda showed the power and positive aspects of the regimes, so it became very important. If propaganda hadn’t showed the power and positive aspects of the regimes, it wouldn’t have become very important.

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