World War II

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The 1930's were a very turbulent time period for the entire world. Many events

occurred during this time that lead to World War II. It all began with a few events that set

the stage for the entire thing. Things continued to get worse, until finally, the seemingly

inevitable happened.

There were several events that set the stage for the upcoming crisis. In Europe,

Germany specifically, Adolf Hitler had gained control. Hitler was the head of the Nazi

party, a Fascist political group. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Japan had

invaded Manchuria, a province in China. The United States declared its disapproval in the

Stimpson Doctrine, which stated that it would not recognize any territorial gain made by

force. Lastly, Japan had left the League of Nations, and began building up its navy.

During these events, the United States attempted to stay neutral. One war that may

have helped was the Nye committee.

The Nye Committee investigated how the U.S. got

involved in World War I. Many thought that by learning our previous mistakes, we would

not repeat them. There was also the Neutrality Acts. The first neutrality act made it

unlawful for the U.S. to ship or sell arms to countries where a state of war existed.

Roosevelt and the U.S. congress had different views about isolationism. Roosevelt was not

an isolationist, and was concerned about what was happening. Congress, on the other

hand, was not as concerned. For example, Roosevelt could have eased European tensions

somewhat by wiping out allied war debts. Congress, however, would not go along with

such a thing.

As time went by, the crisis in Europe continued to deepen. Hitler had started to

become more aggressive. In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, and annexed it two days

later. Later, Germany set...