• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What were the causes/origins of World War Two?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. The Causes of World War 1

    Nationalism may be the only reason Austria needed to fight but Austria itself seemed to be a key factor in the build up to World War 1 as both Germany and Russia saw a good opportunity to obtain more land.

  2. What were the causes of Indian Independencein 1947, and was partition inevitable?

    In 1940 Congress left their seats in government as protest, and the Muslim League held a Thanksgiving Day, which further caused a rift between Hindus and Muslims. However more importantly were some of the events that happened during World War 2; many groups other than Congress became impatient for independence.

  1. Gallic war

    - Plutarch: Life of Pompey records large body of senators went to Luca for conference. - Plutarch/Caesar both describe Caesar's 'heroic' victory against the Venetti in dreadful winter conditions. 55 - Germanic tribes tried again to cross the Rhine into Gallic territory, were again defeated by Caesar.

  2. What were the origins of Roman religion and how did it progress?

    It was at Nero's time that Paul first appealed to the emperor, encouraging many Romans to join this new religion. However, the religion gave Nero a good distraction from his political difficulties, allowing him to blame the majority of his problems on the Christians; like the Great Fire of Rome.

  1. From the sources and your studies explain the origins and development of Watford Union ...

    Other evidence you also get from the source is that it is a large workhouse and has a chapel and infirmary. This source does provide enough information but many assumptions must be made in order to find information, which could contribute to the overall investigation of the Watford Union Workhouse.

  2. There is plenty to suggest that women never got away from their traditional role. ...

    However, some women had even more exciting jobs such as naval communications and whilst there some women learnt to overhaul torpedoes and depth charges, repair mine sweepers and the Morse Code. Source F12 shows that the women had highly important jobs.

  1. Nazi Germany

    Jews were deported from ghettos and concentration camps to the death camps unaware of what they were facing. The Nazis told them that they were being resettled for labour, issued them work permits, told them to bring along their tools and to exchange their German marks for foreign currency.

  2. World War 1 Project - causes, weapons and the finish.

    Romania (1916-1918) And others Central powers 1. Bulgaria (1915-1918) That is it there may be more countries on the other side but on central powers they own a wider spread of land and more people. Statistics for allied country?s (Source from Wikipedia and checked with related sites) Also?.. World War One - Weapons During World War One a variety

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work