The Two Main Causes of World War Ii

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Nothing was the same; what was left behind was mourning and nightmares. September 1, 1939, a day that changed the history of the world, a day that created a devastating situation for many countries. It was the beginning of World War II. The war that lasted six years, it brought hardships, pain and suffering to all involved and to the history of the world. What happened to cause the Second World War? The two primary causes of the war were the failure of the League of Nations and the rise of a dictator in Germany.

One of the main causes of World War II was the failure of the League of Nations. The League of Nations was an international organization that resulted from Wilson’s fourteen points, to help keep world peace. Unfortunately, the League of Nations failed in maintaining peace and could not prevent the breakout of another World War. The League of Nations proved a failure for many reasons. They could not resolve the worldwide economic crisis, the Great Depression in the late 1930's. Also, they were unable to control wars after World War I. For instance, Japan was one of the members of the League of Nations; it declared war against Manchuria in 1931. The League of Nations tried to solve Japan’s war issues. As a result, Japan quit the League of Nations, creating a lack of unity. Countries like Britain and France abandoned the concept of collective security for the appeasement, which let Adolf Hitler build a German military. Also due to the lack of an armed force, the League of Nations could only rely on economic sanctions. These were the League's main weapon and used occasionally, but the sanctions could not be forceful enough without the help of the USA. Perhaps the biggest source of weakness of the League of Nations was the absence of the superpower of the United States. Without the United States, a major economic and military power, the decisions made by the League were less effective. The greatest failures of the League was not stopping Hitler's...
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