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McKenna: World History

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Causes of World War II
Instructions: Match each picture to the correct description, determine which cause of WWII it is and explain WHY.



Cause and WHY

In 1938 Hitler met with British prime minister Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain appeased Hitler’s demands for territory in Czechoslovakia, setting the stage for Hitler’s troops to occupy Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland.

By 1936, Hitler’s Nazi military was the most powerful in Europe. Hitler had forged an alliance with fascists in Italy and Japan, moved troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, and was supporting a fascist revolt in Spain. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the Nazi military invaded Poland. (Matches 2 Causes)

Japanese imperialism affected many areas of Asia, including Manchuria, a Chinese territory rich in mineral reserves that were important for supporting the military. The invasion of Manchuria was marked by the indiscriminate killing of unarmed civilians, an event that could not be prevented by the League of Nations.

The harsh treaty of Versailles created tension between the major Western powers and Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s. The enforcement of the treaty led to economic crisis and social pressures in Germany that contributed to the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Despite the threat of fascist aggression, the United States pursued a policy of isolationism throughout the 1920s and 1930s as it expanded its production capabilities.

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