Causes of WWII

Causes of WWII - March 7, 2006 American History Historical...

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March 7, 2006 American History Historical Hindsight on World War II World War Two was the biggest, bloodiest war in history. From 1939 to 1945, the conflict spread to every corner of the globe, killed millions of people, and caused years of untold suffering. While the past cannot be changed, it is important for the future to consider whether the war was avoidable. Several developments in the aftermath of World War One set the wheels turning inevitably toward WWII. Ironically, one of those events was a peace treaty. In the prophetic words of French Marshal Ferdinand Foch about the Treaty of Versailles: “This is no peace treaty; this is a 20-year armistice.” In addition to the harsh terms of that treaty, the causes of WWII were German and Japanese expansionism and the isolationist policies of the United States. Together, these factors steered the world inevitably toward war. The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1918 in France, ostensibly to stabilize Europe after the devastation of World War I. Yet for the defeated Germany, the terms of
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