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

American Neutrality During World War II and Its Subsequent Involvement in Europe and Asia

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

American Neutrality During World War II and Its Subsequent Involvement in Europe and Asia Marked by many historical and significant events, World War II is perhaps the most famous war in the history of the world. This war was the first and, to date, only ware to feature nuclear warfare and it was also the deadliest war in history. This conflict featured two main alliances: the Allies and the Axis Powers. Virtually every country on Earth at the time was involved with this war in some way, shape, or form. The United States was still attempting to dig itself out of the deep hole it fell into as a result of the Great Depression. While this was going on, there was an increase in tension among many European nations, particular the western nations such as Germany, France, Britain, and Italy. Italy and Germany were adopting fascist ideals under the reigns of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, respectively. With this, Hitler and Mussolini formed an alliance, which also included the Japanese, under the leadership of Hideki Tojo. The nations in this alliance became known as the Axis powers and would wage a brutal war against the Allies, which included France, Britain, the USSR, and the USA later into the war. Although the USA is not in Europe, ware was declared against them by Germany and Italy after the Japanese attack against the USA at Pearl Harbor, which leads to ask whether or not the United States would have joined World War II had it not been attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. ...read more.

Middle

between the two nations.8 He ended the appeal by telling Hirohito that both nations' "have a sacred duty to restore traditional amity and prevent further death and destruction in the world."9 Ironically, it would be Japan that would cause a mass amount of death and destruction the following morning at Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese navy bombed and nearly destroyed the USA's naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. With the death toll in the thousands, President Roosevelt would react quickly to this event. In a joint session to Congress the following day, he introduced December 7, 1941 as "a date which will live in infamy."10 He ended his address to Congress by saying "I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."11 With this, Japan and the USA were officially in a state of war, but they would not be officially involved in the world war until a few days later when Japan's ally, Germany, declares war on the United States. Germany declared war on the USA on December 11, 1941. Adolf Hitler made a statement that said, "As a consequence of the further extension of President Roosevelt's policy, which is aimed at unrestricted world domination and dictatorship the U.S.A. ...read more.

Conclusion

1 Neutrality Act of 1935, August 31, 1935, 49 stat. 1081; 22 U.S.C. 441 note 2 Ibid. 3 Message to Czechoslovakia, Germany, Great Britain, and France on the Threat of War from Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 26, 1938 4 Message to Czechoslovakia, Germany, Great Britain, and France on the Threat of War from Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 26, 1938 5 Message to Adolf Hitler from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 14, 1939 6 The Atlantic Charter by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 1941 7 Appeal to Hirohito by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 6, 1941 8 Ibid. 9 Ibid. 10 Address to Joint Session of Congress asking for Declaration of War against Japan by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941 11 Ibid. 12 Declaration of War against the USA by Adolf Hitler, December 11, 1941 13 Statement By Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt Regarding the German Defeat, February 11, 1945 14 Speech to the Public Announcing the Surrender of Nazi Germany by President Harry S. Truman, May 8, 1945 15 Statement Regarding the Use of the Atom Bomb in Hiroshima by President Harry S. Truman, August 6, 1945 16 Martin Gilman Wolcott, The Evil 100: Fascinating True-life Tales of Terror, Mayhem and Savagery (New York: Citadel, 2004), 91 17 Jacqueline Laks Gorman, Pearl Harbor: a Primary Source History (Pleasantville, NY: Gareth Stevens Pub, 2009) 16-18 18 Ibid. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History 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 International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Notes on Italian unification - background and main events

    and formally handed over Naples and Sicily to Victor Emanuel - Victor Emanuel offered Garibaldi all sorts of honors, however he refused them; he then returned to Caprera to live in his simple home - In 1862, Garibaldi led an attempt to win the Papal States --> he was wounded by Italian troops, placed in prison and then released.

  2. To What Extent Were Hitlers Policies the Cause of World War II?

    of a military force and the reluctance of the council members to implicate themselves in world affairs made the League ineffective. Stalin and the Axis powers saw the League's weaknesses after they failed to take action in the Manchurian and Abyssinian crisis and so decided to leave it and pursue their national interest through private diplomacy.

  1. What Effect Did World War II have on Eastern Europe?

    their misfortunes were due to the First World War and that the issues needed to be rectified. The Second World War started in order for Germany to change its status and go from a regional power to a dominant world power. There are some differences between the two wars, however.

  2. Did Truman really save 500,000 American live through dropping the Hiroshima atomic bomb?

    and growing21, whereas the projected U.S invasion forces were only 766,700, creating a ratio of approximately 1.4 American troops to 1 Japanese troop. The atomic bomb was successfully tested on June 16th, and presented Truman an alternative to the invasion.

  1. To what extent did the Prague spring weaken Moscow(TM)s hold over Czechoslovakia, and Eastern ...

    6.4% of its population). Soviet troops, after having liberated Eastern Europe from Nazi occupation, remained in the area. In February 1945 the allied leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta. Stalin suggested that Eastern Europe be under a 'Soviet sphere of influence'. This meant (technically speaking)

  2. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    in the audience at Westminster College, Fulton Missouri - There was the idea that the iron curtain should not be allowed to expand 3) The British and American interpretation of Soviet Policy in Eastern Europe was as follows; a. In most countries, a three phase policy of infiltration and control i.

  1. The History and Development of the American Dream

    of the traditional manifest destiny and so the actual meaning of the phrase was thrown aboard by American imperialism in 1899 Americans at the time where of the opinion that they had to ?educate? and ?christianize? those ?uncivilized? Filipinos. But the Filipinos resisted and out broke the Phillipine-American war In

  2. Notes on the History and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    - Second accord "A Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel" draft of peace agreement to be negotiated and signed within 3 months - Intended to get free passage for Israeli ships through Egypt

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