WWII Causes

WWII Causes - Reasons… • Germany’s invasion to Poland...

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Factors Leading to WWII Jarred Klorfein and Ansley Fox
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Economy US Stock Market Crash from real estate bust Reverberated throughout Europe, especially Germany High unemployment, poverty, and civil unrest Unemployment: US = 25% Germany = 33% Led to totalitarian government – Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini
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Problems with League of Nations Institutionalist argument Fully dependent upon its members to enforce laws and treaties independently No army of its own Couldn’t enforce ordered economic sanctions Members were self interested US was not involved, which
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Appeasement US – complete hands-off approach to what was going on in Europe and the rest of the world Factors ignored by Europe and US: Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia, Albania, and Greece Germany’s occupation of Czechoslovakia Germany’s invasion of Poland Japan’s aggression in Philippines and
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Unformatted text preview: Reasons… • Germany’s invasion to Poland and later Alsace Loraine – Iron and Coal (resources) • Germany’s & Italy’s invasion of Russia – wanting to stop spread of communism • Japan and Italy allying with Germany – bandwagoning; wanting to benefit/not make waves • Japan’s aggression – Oil resources; US controlled 80% of Japan’s oil & Japan attacked Pearl Harbor after US imposed oil sanctions on Japan Faults of the Treaty • Didn’t breakup Germany – the unification of Germany under Bismark is what contributed to WWI • No repercussions if Treaty wasn’t met • Hitler didn’t care & ignored the treaty – Built arms – Invaded foreign countries • Couldn’t prevent Nazi and Fascist mindset – believed that war is the only means to spread their norms/ways – Nationalism – Constructivist...
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course INTL 3200 taught by Professor Wilson during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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WWII Causes - Reasons… • Germany’s invasion to Poland...

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