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whatever that’s worth. This was what helped us get the
Latin American regimes’ support during WWII (the ones
we didn’t control by default, that is). *The 1930s: The Prelude to World War in Europe*
- This is EHAP stuff, but to make a long story very short:
Hitler was a nasty man who came to power in Germany
in 1933. He then proceeded to withdraw from the League
of Nations, stop paying reparations, and rearm. He
sucked up to Mussolini, and then marched back into the
Rhineland in 1936.
- The Rome-Berlin Axis was formed in 1936, and
Germany and Japan joined in the Anti-Comintern Pact.
Britain and France went for appeasement, letting Hitler
get away with supporting Franco in the Spanish Civil War
(1936 – 1939), and eat up parts of Czechoslovakia
216 - Hitler then signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939, and
started looking at Poland, which Britain and France
vowed to defend. So on September 1, 1939, when Hitler
launched blitzkrieg against Poland, WWII began.
- During the 1930s, as far as we were concerned, the
Soviets were also pretty rotten. We refused to open
diplomatic relations w/the USSR for a while (“godless
- When trade began to fall, however, business leaders
wanted access to new markets, which led FDR to grant
the USSR recognition in 1933. Relations then
deteriorated, especially after the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact.
*The 1930s: Isolationism and Neutrality*
- As Europe got increasingly screwed up, our immediate
response was, “Oh hell. Not again!” Isolationism was the
order of the day in the 1930s. We intervened as little as
possible militarily and kept our freedom of action in
international relations until we had to do otherwise. We
(thought) we had learned from WWI.
- Not all isolationists thought alike, obviously:
Conservatives feared higher taxes and more presidential
power, Liberals worried about war killing reform and
obsession over the military instead of on domestic
problems, and many worried about loss of freedoms at
- E/t isolationism was strongest among anti-B...
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