Western Allies's Political Policies

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The Political Policies and Philosophies of the Axis and Allies Countries For centuries, the German people have felt that their national destiny, their greatest chance for security, lay in domination of the east, i.e., European Russia/Ukraine. German settlers were scattered throughout the region and were very influential. Otherwise Germany had little interest in expansion. The battles in France, Norway, etal. were really defensive in nature, where Germany tried to gain an edge before the western Allies grew too strong. Thus the question, why did the western Allies fight? Their centuries old goal had been to limit German power. Despite having vast overseas empires and large European territories, both England and France considered any German…show more content…
The desire of the Russians to press west and south put them on a collision with German speaking peoples in Germany and the Balkans, leading to those nations fighting in both world wars. Japan, being a small island nation with few natural resources, desired national security too. They sought to gain this by control of surrounding territories such as Korea, Philippines, north China, and Southeast Asia. Being isolated for centuries prior to 1870, these goals were fairly recent in the national philosophy, contrasted with the various European goals which had been around for centuries. They were thus rather easily discarded by the populace following the defeat of 1945. The USA had no real goal in the war, thus their reluctance to join in early. The USA, alone among these major powers, was fairly insulated from invasion but at the same time in possession of huge natural resources. The USA thus had only a limited overseas empire, had not come into conflict with any overseas power other than Japan, and had no need to expand territorially. In many ways, Germany and the USA were similar in their national goals, except that the USA had reached hers by 1900. Germany desired to have a similar position with limited overseas empire and a
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