World War 2

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History Period 2
World War 2:

World War II was a global conflict that involved many great powers. Dictators arose in countries that were dissatisfied with the results of World War II. Japan, Italy, and Germany took aggressive action and were the major axis powers. Neither the League of Nations nor democratic countries were able to stop them. The policy of appeasement was a major factor on why the axis powers made it so far in the war effort. World War II was the most widespread war in history. It began on September 1st 1939 when Germany attacked Poland, one week after Hitler agreed to the Nazi- Soviet non-aggression pact with Joseph Stalin. Britain and France promised to protect Polandaand declared war on Germany on September 3rd 1939. Appeasement was seen as the logical policy at the time because there was little basis suggesting that the Germans would reject Hitler since they put him in power and supported him and his views. Also other countries were worried about Russian expansion in Europe. (Document 8). The axis powers were strong aggressors in the war. Early in the war Germany conquered Norway, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands. Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, and Italy invaded Ethiopia. After the attack on Ethiopia Haile Selassie asked the League of Nations for them to step in and stop the invasion. Although, the League of Nations were ineffective. (Document 2) According to Churchill the aggressors must be stopped; Britain, France, and other nations should join together using Collective Security as a strategy to stop the aggression. (Document 6) Hitler defied the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops into the Rhineland just outside the French bored in 1936. (Document 3) As the axis powers gained more territory, the war was in favor of them since many countries didn't want to be involved and the United States practiced neutrality for most of the war. (Document 9) Later in the war Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. The United States got...
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