World War II was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind.docx

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Chapter Review on the Start of the War: Outline The Peacetime in the Philippines As the Philippines fall into the American hands, the Filipinos started to rule themselves through the Commonwealth government, which served as a transitional government until granting independence. Under the Commonwealth government headed by President Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippines had been under the “peacetime” period. Apparently, though it faced several problems, such as national security, social stability and economic self-sufficiency, Quezon faced these problems with courage and optimism (Agoncillo, 2010). Therefore, many improvements and development was also made in the field of infrastructure, education, language, social justice, economy and more. Furthermore, as the Tydings- McDuffie law had been passed and to take effect on July 4, 1946, the Filipino’s period towards independence seems to be just a few reach away. The Beginning of the European War On the other hand, even though the Philippines was in a peacetime era behind the US, things were not easy for the dominant nations in Europe—after the Great Depression, millions of people were unemployed all over the world. Therefore, they demanded for strong leaders to fulfill their needs. As a result, in the case of Germany, they hailed Adolf Hitler as their ruler in 1933- and because Hitler blamed Jews for Germany's problems, Nazi soldiers detained and imprisoned many Jews. Concurrently, Mussolini was Italy's tyrant, turned to be Germany's ally, and together they formed the Axis Powers. Hitler seized and occupied Poland in 1939. Therefore, in response to his conquest, Britain and France, two allied nations of Poland also declared war against them, which lead to the rise of World War II. Moreover, as allied countries, Canada and Australia also fused with Britain and France in their battle against Nazi aggression in Europe. However, despite all of these, the United States remained silent and chose to stay outside the warzone (A Brief History of the U.S. Army in World War II, 1992). Meanwhile, though the European war attracted much attention in the Philippines, it doesn’t shrug the Filipinos in fear knowing that they seemed secure under the American protection- who doesn’t seemed to be interested in joining the European war during those times, also the war in Europe is indeed quite distant. Furthermore, it is said that after seeing the pictures of the distant war from media, some Filipinos even started joking and making assumptions that because of the relative features of the Japanese, they thought that
some of the pilot of the aircrafts might have been Germans. Also, instead of the tragic life threats of the war, they were more concerned towards its economic impact because ships were rerouted to the war areas and the Philippines began to find it difficult to export products.

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