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How did aggressive world powers emerge before WWII?

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Aggressive powers emerged before WWII because of their unhappiness with the international system in the years after WWI.  We can see this particularly clearly with Japan and Germany.  Germany was aggressive because of the fact that it hated the terms imposed upon it by the Treaty of Versailles.  Its aggression was mainly aimed at rectifying what it saw as the unfair aspects of that treaty.  Japan was unhappy because it felt that it needed an empire.  It disliked the fact that Western countries were trying to discourage it from expanding as much as it would have liked.  Because of unhappiness with the international status quo, aggressive powers emerged before WWII.

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