World War II; How did it happen?

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World War II was one of the most catastrophic events in history. Millions of lives were destroyed and it left a lasting imprint in the hearts of every individual alive at that time. It destroyed a vast amount of property including much of Europe and parts of Asia. But what were the causes of this war? What caused so many people to be killed? World War II was a political and economical tragedy that destroyed the lives of many innocent people.

It is believed that World War II began as a result of unresolved problems from World War I. Economically, Europe was critically damaged. Many of the soldiers that fought in the war were unemployed and needed jobs to support their families and themselves. Italy and Japan became overpopulated causing there to be limited resources for every citizen. They tried to resolve this problem by expanding the region. After World War I, every country

involved came out in debt.

Reparations needed to be made to the winners of the war and the winners needed to fulfill loans from the United States. In the United States, the Great Depression had begun. Several people were in search of jobs and poverty spread. Parts of Europe were depending on loans from the United States, but the U.S. couldn't supply these loans because they were in debt as well. This caused Europe's revival to come to an arrest.

The Peace of Paris was a political cause of World War II. After World War I, winning countries met to determine peace treaties with the opposing forces. These peace treaties left many nations unsatisfied, even the winning ones such as Japan and Italy. Italy didn't gain as much territory as it felt needed. Japan was irritated due to the fact that equality of all races...