Synopsis by Sean Hurley
From the BBC and Time Life, the Europe the Mighty Continent series explores the immense changes that have taken place on the European continent over the last century. This rich history is given voice by Peter Ustinov and historian John Terrine. This program explores the difficult economic conditions in Europe that enabled the rise of fascist leaders. Archival footage from the 1934 Nazi Party rally provides chilling evidence of the popularity of dictatorial ideology. From there, the program examines Stalin's regime and the signing of the Nazi Soviet Pact of 1939 that would spell disaster for Poland and eventually most of the industrialized world.