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Origins of World War II

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´╗┐David Mnatsakanov Professor Thornton HIST 3332 ? Essay 1 Deep Origins of World War II The subject of the Second World War, and especially its origins, causes, and motives so far is not only one of the important historical facts, but due to declassification of archives of the former Soviet Union, it is deemed one of the controversial topics. For instance, during the Soviet period until 1988, the blame for the outbreak of the World War II was laid on Western Countries and Germany in particular, however after the declassification, the emphasis shifted to the other side of the coin, where the main culprits of the outbreak of World War II are called the totalitarian regimes - Germany and the Soviet Union, which involved the whole world in their struggle for world domination: ?I would like to suggest that, from the beginning of the war, the Soviet communists made accusations against every country in the world with the deliberate intention of concealing their own role as its instigators.?[1] Undoubtedly, there were many other controversial arguments in ...read more.

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proclaims himself prepared for it, but the man who wins it? by dividing his enemies and knocking their heads together.?[3] Did Germans want to invade Britain as well? Professor Thornton believes that there is no way Germans would have invaded Great Britain keeping positions open for Soviets. However, Mitchell G. Bard thinks the opposite: ?Hitler wanted to invade Britain and had the forces to subdue it as he had Germany?s other victims, if he could get his troops across the Channel. Germany had no amphibious landing craft or any of the components the Allies would later use for their own crossing;? nevertheless, Hitler believed Britain could be conquered if the RAF (Royal Air Force) was destroyed, or at least neutralized.?[4] Operation Sea Lion was a Nazi Germany plan, though never executed, to invade Great Britain during the Second World War. After the RAF?s convincing victory, Hitler ordered Operation Sea Lion be postponed. While many historians believe that the defeat of Germans in this battle stopped them from invading Great Britain, a British novelist takes a different view ...read more.

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Some questions about the origins of the Second World War are still unanswered. Soviet historians try to justify actions of their leaders and Western scholars defend their leaders. The war against fascism evolved into another battle, the longer turf war between communism and capitalism in the form of the Cold War. ________________ [1] Viktor Suvorov, Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1990), 8. [2] David M. Glantz, Stumbling Colossus: the Red Army On the Eve of World War (modern War Studies) (Kanzas city: Univ Pr of Kansas, 2011) [3] Viktor Suvorov, Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1990), 41. [4] Mitchell Bard, The complete idiot's guide to World War II (Indianapolis: Alpha, 2010), 75. [5] Fabius Maximus "A Destiny of Failure ? Germany?s Plans to Invade England during WWII." Fabius Maximus. N.p., Mar. 2012. Web. <http://fabiusmaximus.com/2012/03/04/36199/>. [6] Donald Lett Jr, Phoenix Rising: the Rise and Fall of the American Republic (New York: AuthorHouse, 2008),152. [7] Richard F. Hill, Hitler Attacks Pearl Harbor: Why the United States Declared War On Germany (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Pub, 2002),97. ...read more.

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