How History Influenced Star Wars
On specific historical event that Star Wars resembled was World War II. Both in the movie and in history, they were fighting for a "master race," to Hitler this race was the Germans/Whites, to the Empire, it was the "Dark Side." Both the soldiers of the Nazi party and the Empire were known as "Storm Troopers." Even the logo and color scheme of each looked quite similar. George Lucas could have seen images of the Nazi Party and Hitler and these images may have influenced his placement and names of the Empire.