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The Story of Fascism in Europe 

Rick visits historical sites with local tour guides to explore the rise and fall of fascism in 20th-century Europe. He traces history after World War I to the rise of leaders who manipulated angry people to build totalitarian societies.


Steve Cammarano (cowriter), Cameron Hewitt (cowriter) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rick Steves ... Himself - Host
Andreas Clemens Andreas Clemens ... Himself - Political Scientist
Alfio Di Mauro Alfio Di Mauro ... Himself - Italian Tour Guide
Francesca Caruso Francesca Caruso ... Herself - Italian Tour Guide
Georg Reichlmayr Georg Reichlmayr ... Himself - German Historian and Tour Guide
Holger Zimmer Holger Zimmer ... Himself - German Journalist and Tour Guide


In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe - taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, the totalitarian societies they built, the brutal measures they used to enforce their ideology, and the horrific consequences: genocide and total war. He visits poignant sites throughout Europe related to fascism, talks with Europeans whose families lived through those times, and is inspired by the stories of those who resisted. Rick's goals are to learn from the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe and to recognize that ideology in the 21st century.

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4 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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16:9 HD
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Very approprate topic
2 December 2019 | by richtreffSee all my reviews

Back in the 60's we had required reading - "A Study in Tyranny" by Bullock, besides "1984", "Brave New World", "Mario and the Magician" and "Animal Farm"

I was impressed how you captured the relevance to today's political quagmire at home and abroad..

How we must learn from these past disasters!

The parallle;s are very upsetting.

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