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What are the causes of World War II?

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beneflo | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM via web

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What are the causes of World War II?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM (Answer #1)

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There were many causes for World War II. So, I will limit my answer to the most important factors.

  1. The treaty of Versailles that ended World War I was something that caused great bitterness among the German people. They were expecting a treaty based upon President Wilson's plan, which was more lenient, but what they got was a treaty that humiliated the Germans. Moreover, they could not afford the treaties terms. Hence, they decided to vote for a person who wanted to rip with the treaty, Hitler.
  2. When Hitler became the Chancellor of German in 1933, he started to build up his army and navy, which was against the treaty of Versailles. He also made two important pacts, one with Italy and the other with Japan. He also took back land that was taken from Germany.
  3. Most of Europe sought to appease Germany. They knew that what Hitler was doing was wrong according to the treaty of Versailles, but they turned a blind eye. Even Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of Britain believed that the Germans were treated too harshly.
  4. The League of Nations, which was set up after World War I to keep peace did nothing. In fact, they were powerless. All the while, there was tension brewing among the nations and Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 marks the beginning of the war.

Based on thes four points Germany and Japan began World War II with invasions.

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