World War II Summary

World War II Summary - World War II Summary & Analysis...

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A Troubled World In the 1930s, the United States found itself largely preoccupied with the domestic economic troubles of the Great Depression , even as international crises loomed in Europe and Asia. Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy, had begun waging an imperial war in Ethiopia using chemical weapons like mustard gas, slaughtering thousands of innocent people. A violent civil war raged in Spain , pitting General Francisco Franco's fascists against a motley alliance of communists and democrats. Josef Stalin had risen to absolute power in Russia after imprisoning and executing many of his political enemies in the Soviet Union. Downtrodden Germans had rallied around Adolf Hitler, their new leader, who called for Aryan redemption after Germany's humiliation in World War I and launched an aggressive campaign to "unify" the German race throughout Europe. And in the East, Japan had invaded Manchuria and threatened to conquer China, virtually unchecked by Western powers preoccupied with problems closer to home. Through the troubled years of the late 1930s, Americans did everything they possibly could to
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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