Causes of WWII
We are examining the causes of WWII. In many ways we can see that WWI led to WWII.
Here are some terms we need to further our discussion
Imperialism a policy or practice by which a country increases its power by gaining control over other areas of the world
Isolationism refers to America’s longstanding reluctance to become involved in European alliances and wars. Isolationists held the view that America’s perspective on the world was different from that of European societies and that America could advance the cause of freedom and democracy by means other than war
Disarmament is the act of reducing, limiting, or abolishing weapons.
The Age of Expansion refers to a period of time 1500 to 1900 in which European countries gained many colonies. a time period when many countries wanted to expand their border to gain more land,
At the conclusion of WWI Germany was held accountable for the crimes of the war made to pay a high rate of money to pay for the crimes. They lost any standing they had in the World. The country was not permitted to have an armed force.
Japan stepped up traditionally having little to do with international affairs took over much of Germany’s power and trade, began to build it’s navy. They became very military took a leadership role in Japan and during the late 20’s it was feared that Japan a new power would start a war with England and the U.S.
At the same time the US and England were leaning toward an end to the Era of imperialism and expansion. Japan that had just really become a World power felt this was wrong. They had just come to the table so to speak and now you take all the food away.
At home there was also a call for disarmament. Brought on mainly by the Horror of WWI. The peace movement wanted all nations to give up their weapons and to become somewhat isolationist with each country taking care of it’s own business.
Japan built it’s navy and was bent on expansionism, but knew for the time they had to get along with the west. In 1931 Japan attacked China. Japan was becoming a world class military power.