Imperialism Part 1: Impact of World War I The World Will Never Be The Same. U.S. emerges as the most powerful economy. The Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations. England and France want revenge. U.S. ambitions for world domination and the conflicting strategies by various American leaders. The Treaty of Versailles is both too lenient and too harsh on Germany and is a factor in the rise of Nazism. Russian Revolution's Profound Effect on the World. Why the revolution of 1905 fails but the one in 1917 succeeds. How the Czar's image, Russia's participation in WWI, the Czarina's role, and the cult figure of Rasputin, all figure in this unlikely outcome. The contrasting views of the role of capitalism by Marx and by Lenin. 5. The Threat to Capitalism. Russia fights a brutal civil war from 1918 to 1921 against 5 invading armies from all directions. How Trotsky, without military background, incredibly, defeats all of them one at a time. Imperialism Part 2: 6. The drastic changes for rapid industrialization when Stalin takes power after Lenin's death in 1924. This effort, while brutal, is effective and helps Russia to survive the Nazi onslaught. 7. A Beacon of Light. Stalin's crimes are overlooked as the Russian Revolution becomes a beacon of light to distressed people around the world. Prelude to World War II 8. Rise of Fascism. Powerful racism based on pseudo-science. Concept of the all-powerful leader. Violent capitalism. 9. Why not U.S. and England also? The Communist and Socialist parties in England & U.S. are not mass parties. 10. Anti-Semitism. An ancient European phenomenon used by Hitler. Holocaust requires great organization and support. The "Banality of Evil," by Hannah Arendt. 11. Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. This is the moral opportunity to stop fascism. 12. The Treaty of Versailles. It is a failure by being too harsh and too lenient at the same time. America's own ambitions to dominate the world.
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