World War II was a global conflict that greatly exceeded the impact of its predecessors. Essentially, Europe and Asia were dominated by three nations: Nazi Germany and Italy for Europe and Japan for Asia. The motivation of the European and Asian aggressors is traced back to the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles as well as the rise of fascism. Moreover, fascism was extremely imperative to these aggressors because it revitalized nationalism that was dormant as a result of economic depression and encouraged militarism. Therefore, Europe and Asia went to war in the 1930s because they wanted to conquer foreign lands based on those fundamental reasons. First and foremost, the terms imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 fueled the animosity of the nation. According to the treaty, Germany was responsible for the entire war, all reparations were to be paid by Germany, Germany’s colonial empire was to be split up with a few territories falling under the jurisdiction of the Allied Powers, and the military of Germany was severely demilitarized particularly in the Rhineland. Under these conditions, the Allies wanted to prevent Germany from ever being a world power. However, after over a decade of economic hardship, especially following the stock market collapse of 1929, the German people turned to Adolf Hitler. Although he rose to power through legal means, he managed to establish a dictatorship under the ideology of Nazism. By pulling Germany out of economic depression, rebuilding the military, and promising the German people revenge against the Allied Powers, Adolf Hitler gained almost full public support to initiate the conquest of Europe. Therefore, by the time Germany invaded Poland in 1939, it already controlled Austria, the Sudetenland, and Denmark. Furthermore, like Germany, Italy also believed it was denied what rightfully belonged to it. Throughout WWI, Italy fought alongside the Allied Powers, mostly against Austria-Hungary yet although Great Britain and France obtained territorial holdings under the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, Italy did not. It was from this bitterness, that the Italian Fascist Party was born. Nationalism in Italy grew significantly as Mussolini assured his people protection from socialism, the establishment of an effective government, and economic prosperity. Moreover, he promised that Italy will claim the territories it fought for in WWI. Therefore, in a decade, Mussolini was able to increase the strength of Italy’s standing army to such an extent that during the conquest of Ethiopia in 1936, “Italy lost 2,000 soldiers, whereas 275,000 Ethiopians lost their lives.” (Bentley 640). Finally, Japan went to war in the 1930s to primarily continue its…
In 1939 a war started that would change the world forever, World War Two. The allies were battling the axis powers ardently and viscously. On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base, was attacked by the Japanese, outraging the U.S. and emotionally scarring many Americans. This event then caused the U.S. to enter World War two, on side of the allies. In the west, Britain was fighting Germany, and in the pacific it was the United States versus Japan; both sides determined to come out on top…
The cold war was a phony war. The problems emerging between the soviets and the Americans were actually unresolved issues left over from World War II. The cold war enabled both the soviets and the Americans to enhance their military budgets and attempt to establish police states within their borders. The Americans should have known that the soviets were going to dominate Eastern Europe. To expect otherwise was foolish and wishful thinking.
Some origins of the cold war were: Greek communists…
With the Hitler’s army expanding at a rapid rate leading up to the Second World War, the need for advanced militarism became increasingly important. Hitler soon realized his need for advanced military prowess, and gave Erwin Rommel, a brave soldier, the chance to prove himself before the invasion of France. Although only seemingly an act of kindness, Hitler’s decision proved to be extraordinary, as Rommel’s eventual military plans and style would prove to be a turning tide for the Germans. With…
WWII Scrapbook Project:
The scene: You are now approaching your eighties. You've lived through the very period your favorite grandchild is now studying in history. At a family dinner, you begin chatting about World War II. It's clear that the events and mood of the period are very remote to your grandchild.
To give him or her a richer picture of life back then, you go down to the basement (or up to the attic) and pull out and dust off the wartime scrapbook, in which so many of your critical…
World War II
War is one of the most tragic things in our world today. In the 20th century there were two huge wars in World War I and World War II, which I will be discussing. I believe that the world is a tinderbox and it takes the right people or actions to set it off and cause a World War.
I believe that there are many reasons as to why WWII began but I think two very important reasons…
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Japanese person in America during Worl War II and the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Throughout the story of Farewell to Manzanar the audience learns what it was like to be a Japanese person during the time of World War II. The audience learns of the struggles they had to go through along with the conditions they lived in. four of the most important literary terms in this story include theme, irony, conflict, and symbolism. Theme is the message the…
do you agree that the impact of the First World War was beneficial to the economy and society of the US? – 30 marks
America was initially an isolationist country and did not really want to enter the war as they believed it to be a purely European affair, but after the sinking of the Lucitania and the German pledge to sink any ship bound for the states president Wilson felt he had no choice but to enter the War on the side of the allies. After the war the dynamic of America had changed significantly…
World War II
World War II was one of the most tragic, sick wars that occurred in the world. From 1939 to 1945 the world took part in all kinds of violence. World War II was caused by three main reasons. These events were incredibly historical and if even one of these events did not occur the outcome could have been tremendously different. The Second World War was an unnecessary war, the reasons why it occurred are not good enough reasons at all. The three main reasons were the Treaty of Versailles…
The Devastation of World War II
May 12, 2014
Dr. Brent Muirhead
The Devastation of World War II
World War II was one of the deadest war in history. Millions died and millions more suffer. The landscape of Europe was change. People lost homes and everything they ever work for, families are destroyed and children were left without parents to take care of them. Food shortages and housing would be a problem for years to come. Mentally and physically people would be affected…
* These values had strong global influence
* Freedom of worship/ expression
* Legal equality
* The social contract
American revolution: (EFFECT)
* Tension between Britain and N. American colonies.
* Legacy of seven years war (British debt, American tax burden)
* Heavy taxes put on America
* Colonies begin to boycott new taxes on them
* They attack British officials (Boston tea party)
* Battle of Lexington
* Declaration of independence