Just like Trump, Hitler came to power via the ballot box in the 1930s.
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Eight decades later, the satirical piece of fiction by Sinclair Lewis has gained a new lease of life, becoming a best-seller online following Donald Trump's stunning victory in the U.S. election.The parallels between the current time and what one writer describes as the "Morbid Age" of the 1930s have led to a fierce debate between historians about how far the comparison can be taken.The Great Depression of the 1930s, sparked by the Wall Street crash of 1929, has echoes of the global financial crisis caused by the subprime crash of 2008 .Seething with anger at the financial and political elite, struggling or unemployed workers in the 1930s grew bitter and despondent and openly questioned the future for their children.French historian Pascal Blanchard, who has written a book on the period, calls the 30s "the start of globalization" that generated many of the same cultural and economic anxieties visible today.In Austria, where the far-right came within 31,000 votes of winning a presidential election in May this year and could still win in next month's rerun, a far-right chancellor came to power in 1932 and destroyed the country's democracy.
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