Nazi Germany; Soviet Russia; Fascist Italy; Mitlarist Japan: A Modern Terrorist State?
Overview: Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany orchestrated a carefully crafted environment of intimidation both internal and external against perceived threats. First and foremost, this was primarily targeted at Jewish peoples. Moreover, Hitler and Germany also used their extreme form of terrorism to intimidate other peoples as well, including those who spoke up against the government. Seen in a modern context, could we argue that Nazi Germany manifested what would today be called a terrorist state? Compare the methods, motivations of Hitler’s Germany juxtaposed by modern day terrorist organizations like ISIS/ISIL. After analyzing the evidence - WWII materials - contrasted by our unit on Terrorism in the 21st Century, as a group respond to the following question in the form of a paper with a thesis statement and 5-7 supporting sources and present your findings as a class in a 30 minute discussion. Be sure to consult the requirements listed below the question.
You may use Stalin and Russia; Tojo and Japan; Mussolini and Itlay; Franco and Spain if you do not wish to use Hitler
Question: Analyze your unit materials – Nazi Germany & Terrorism in the 21st Century – and evaluate; does Nazi Germany meets today’s definition of a modern terrorist state?