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Chapter 6-The Coming of a Bipolar World and the Crisis of the “Middle Powers” (1919-1942) What about Japan’s challenge to the status quo? - racist and cultural prejudices - military technical superiority o imports and exports tripled o steel and cement production o advances in chemical and electrical industries - economy o foreign debts liquidated o became creditor o manufacturing production: shipbuilding center o stronger economy than Italy and France in production o why it grew so easily primitive banking system renewed competition industries expanded - military strength o Takahashi borrowed a lot in the 1930s to put towards armed forces o Naval air service o Conscription Ready access to manpower Recruit people and have them abide by traditions o Weaknesses Erratic decision making Lack of coordination between army and navy What challenges did Germany and Hitler present? - appeared to be the weakest of the Great Powers o burdened by needs to pay reperations o constrained strategically o internatl conflicts: class tension, inflation, volatility and confusion in elections - early Nazi foreign-policy program o represented continuity of past ambitions of German nationalists o existing circumstances favored Hitler
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course HIST 038 taught by Professor Burns during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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