The four European dictators greatly encompassed the idea of suppressing individual liberty by centralizing their own culture to dominate people. They explicitly punished individuals who violated their policies and continued to rule after the world war to ensure better societies for their people. The leaders adhered to martial law, which emerged in the aftermath of World War One, which was driven by the birth of nationalism ideology. These four dictators ruled by seized power influenced by particular individuals, creating a revolution that led to conflicts to maintain their territories. They used violence to cripple opposition even after coming into power.
The European dictators differed in their social contexts, ideologies, historical roots, and trappings since each was driven by certain beliefs and were involved in different wars. For example, Josip Tito joined the communist forces in Russia but later the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. These dictators encompassed different rules such as monarchy, communism, nationalism, and others in gaining support and manipulate other nations into joining their course. Their mechanisms to win war involved sabotage and triggering resistance differently.