It was into this era of friendly policies and decreased aggression that the governments of Germany

It was into this era of friendly policies and decreased aggression that the governments of Germany

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It was into this era of friendly policies and decreased aggression that the governments  of Germany, Italy and Japan intervened. But as Hitler and Mussolini cemented their  relationship in the Rome-Berlin axis, and Japan stepped up its production of giant  battleships in 1934, American isolationism reared its head. Americans, reluctant to  repeat the horrors of the First World War, watched wars brewing across seas that  seemingly guaranteed continued peace at home. The crisis abroad became more acute  when Italy invaded Ethiopia in a bloody quest for more land, but Congress, responding  to the mood of an isolationist citizen body, continued to pass Neutrality Acts in 1935,  1936, and 1937. In hindsight, Roosevelt's reluctance to look outside of America and aid  its friends in Europe made the job of the dictators much easier. For example,  Roosevelt's "gentlemanly behavior" in the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939, allowing 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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