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crises in the depression

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Stephanie Pham K. Napoleon 20 TH  Century History October 18, 2009 “Crises In The Depression” “The Manchurian Crisis” Japan occupied Manchuria in 1931 because it felt that its claims in China, especially the  South Manchurian Railway, were being threatened. China’s government was growing stronger  and Japan feared that it would take back control of that area with Japan’s claims. Additionally,  the area of Manchuria possessed valuable coal and iron resources. Since the Depression  weakened Japan’s economy, this area would be valuable because economic protectionism was  making it difficult to purchase these raw materials elsewhere. The League of Nations was unable to prevent the invasion of Manchuria because the  Depression made it difficult for it to take effective action. None of the great powers were willing 
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