Things got even worse in 1931 when the japanese

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Unformatted text preview: ed non-intervention, 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 (Munich Conference). 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 commies”). - 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 home. - E/t isolationism was strongest among anti-B...
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