World War 2 Essay

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World War II Causes Out of all the wars that the world has gone through, none has been more devastating as World War II. But what caused this war? Many historians have traced the causes of World War II to problems left unsolved by World War I (1914-1918). World War I and the treaties that ended it also created new political and economic problems. Forceful leaders in several countries took advantage of these problems to seize power. The desire of dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to conquer additional territory brought them into conflict with the democratic nations. World War II had three major causes: anger over the Versailles Treaty, the failure of peace efforts after World War I, and the goals of Hitler. The first cause of World War II was the intense anger over the Versailles Treaty. “In fact, subsequent scholarship has demonstrated that the Versailles Treaty has been unfairly stigmatized for causing the rise of Adolf Hitler and the breakdown of the new European order. …… those critics of the Versailles Treaty blame it for the rise of Hitler and the horrible carnage of World War II…” (Versailles, Treaty of.16-17) Germany was very angry over two things and the first of which was the many territorial losses they had to endure as a result of the treaty. They lost two cities on the French-German border and as per Wilson’s thirteenth point Poland was re-formed with access to the Baltic Sea, which went right through Germany. Giving Poland Sea access split Germany into two parts, the main part of Germany, and a small portion to the North of the Danzig corridor. The Danzig corridor really inflamed Germany for many years, but they really could not do anything about the situation because they lost World War I. Another country that was angry over the Versailles Treaty was Italy. They were angry because they thought that the land that they had received as a payment for

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