What are the causes for World War II? (I need to know if there would be enough matter to write a 1500 page project on only the causes for WW2)

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Isn't there some mistake here? If you are only in the tenth grade it's hard to understand how you could be taking on a 1500-page study either as an assignment or as an extracurricular project. It would take years to complete a 1500-page book on the causes of World War II. It would probably take several years to do the research and then several more years to write the book. This is a job for experts with doctorates in history. There is no doubt that there is plenty of material available on the causes of World War II, if you really are serious about this. You might begin by reading some of Winston Churchill's six-volume work about World War II. The first volume is titledThe Gathering Storm. You could read Hitler'sMein Kampf. I'm sure you could devote a lifetime just to reading about the causes of World War II--but do you really want to make such a commitment at your age?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Many causes for World War II exist in history and you would have to consider both the European theatre and the Pacific theatre in your answer.  Several simple causes can be easily seen, the first being the Treaty of Versailles.  This treaty truly punished the German people for World War I, and because the punishment was so severe, the German people were willing to follow a man like Hitler who wanted to restore German pride and dominance, in effect setting up World War II.  Another cause was the rise of Hitler who was ELECTED chancellor in 1933 and immediately began building his army and navy against the terms of the treaty.  The weary of war nations simply appeased Hitler hoping that what they ignored would be enough to content him.  When he took over Austria, the world ignored it.  The League of Nations which was  set up after World War I was powerless and therefore could do nothing.  World War II causes are far more than I have described here.  With more research on your part, you should be able to determine if there is enough to write 1500 pages.  Whole books have been written, so my guess is that there is enough.  You could look at the principal people involved, the Japanese Pacific war or whatever else you found in your research.  Good luck.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you should stick to causes of World War II. The rise of the Nazi party would involved you in German politics after World War I and require a lot more research. The causes of World War II were exceedingly complex, but you could stick to Adolf Hitler, as I suggested before and keep it simple. You might discuss the efforts by England and France to appease Hitler and how Neville Chamberlain was deceived by him. It will be a lot easier for you to get information on the causes of World War II than on the rise of the Nazi Party.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Oh! Well, you can find plenty of material for a 1500-word paper. You'll find a reference for "causes" on this eNotes page. You can click on the link below this answer box to get to causes. Your problem might be that you will find too much material, not too little. You might focus on Germany, because Japan might not have entered the war at all if England and France, and later the U.S., hadn't been preoccupied with the struggle against Germany. If I were writing such a short paper, I think I would focus on Adolf Hitler. He was the principal cause of World War II. He attacked Poland, forcing England and France to declare war on Germany because they had a treaty with Poland and because Hitler had promised that he had no more territorial demands to make after getting what he wanted in Austria and Czechoslovakia. His real objective was the Soviet Union. He hated Bolshevism, and he wanted to increase the territorial size of Germany by seizing a huge portion of Soviet land and resettling it with Germans. He wanted the Ukraine. The British and French were trying to leave him alone because they were hoping he would attack the Soviet Union and be satisfied with expansion in the east. You could begin your research by reading about Hitler in an encyclopedia and here in eNotes. I suggest you keep it simple, because they causes of World War II are extremely complex and go way back in world history. See reference link below.

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johnmclain | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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thanks everyone, just had another query : what should i do the 1500 word paper on :

causes of world war 2.

or

what led to the rise of the nazi party?

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