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What were the causes/origins of World War Two?

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What were the causes/origins of World War Two? The biggest factor in the causes of World War Two was the appeasement act marked by the Munich agreement in 1938. The policy of appeasement used by Neville Chamberlain, while intended to maintain the peace of the Versailles Treaty, stalled the Allies and helped Germany when World War Two broke out. Letting Germany increase its navy, army, and air force, reoccupy the Rhineland, and give it the Czech Sudetenland all helped to strengthen the German position in Europe. It would lead to Germany taking over most of Europe easily in a matter of months. The British government of the time underestimated the threat of Nazi Germany, supposing that its only aims were to redress the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The underlining fact of this act was that it gave a chance to Hitler, but the distinguishing thing is that if Neville Chamberlain had "given in" to the conditions of an appeasement to any leader of a threatening country, it would still have ...read more.

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was a naval battle and surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii, carried out by naval forces of the Empire of Japan. On December 8, 1941, Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress, calling 7 December 1941 "a date which will live in infamy". Amid outrage at the attack and the late delivery of the note breaking off relations, actions considered treacherous, Congress declared war on Japan with Jeannette Rankin (Republican of Montana) casting the only dissenting vote. Roosevelt signed the declaration the same day. Continuing to intensify its military mobilization, the U.S. government finished converting to a war economy, a process begun by provision of weapons to the Soviet Union and Great Britain. In the long term, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a blunder for Japan. Indeed, Admiral Yamamoto, who conceived it, predicted even success could not win a war with the United States, because American productive capacity was too large. ...read more.

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The terms of the treaty were very harsh against Germany. As a result of the reparations Germany was made to pay WWI's winners, by the 1930s the country was in an economic slump, which opened the door for Hitler's National Socialist Party to capture the German electorate's imagination by appealing to wounded national pride and intense resentfulness over the Versailles Treaty's terms. Hitler came into power during the great depression, due to the Treaty of Versailles this gave Hitler the ability to do anything he wants so long he gets the people of Germany the things they want. Hitler had a chance to persue foreign policy aims. The Treaty of Versailles was seen by many as unfair and therefore Hitler can take many areas without anyone stopping him. Primarliy, the biggest argument to suggest that Hitler was the main cause of WWII was that without Hitler, his aggressive technique wouldn't have led to Poland have beeing invaded. Hitler's plan was to "fake" his way to a strong Germany. This was a very effective way, it allowed Hitler to take over other countries without losing any men. ...read more.

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