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World War 2 Ambitious Advances and Bloody Battles
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Rise of Totalitarian Regimes By 1930s totalitarian regimes emerged in Russia, Italy, Germany, Japan All four wanted to expand territory & power in their sphere
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Hitler Learns Lessons Japan -1931 invaded & took over Manchuria; League of Nations condemned Japan but did nothing else. 1937 Japan invaded China for valuable ports
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Hitler Learns Lessons Italy -1935 Mussolini invaded & took over Ethiopia; League of Nations sanctioned (stop trade), but sanction was ineffective
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Hitler Learns Lessons Germany -Hitler sees League of Nations do nothing to stop them In 1936, Spain had Civil War between Fascist Francisco Franco & Spanish who wanted democracy; Germany assisted Franco & used war as opportunity to “practice” air-raid bombings
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Vehemently Violating Versailles Hitler wanted lebensraum (living space) for Germans Hitler built up Germany army, navy and air force March 1936 moves troops into Rhineland March 1938 invades Austria & makes it part of Germany (Anschluss) Western countries & League of Nations do nothing (appeasement —agreeing to demands to avoid war)
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Salivating over the Sudetenland Germans were living in parts of Czechoslovakia, so Hitler demands Sudetenland Sept 1938 Munich Conference compromise reached: Germany takes Sudetenland, but no more
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Salivating over the Sudetenland British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain says Europe has avoided war (but he’s wrong) “peace in our time” March 1939 Hitler breaks Munich Agreement & takes all of Czechoslovakia
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Enemies Become Allies??
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