A Different View of World War Two: Global Territory and the end of the Holocaust

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In order to explain the extent to which World War Two was a war against world domination, this essay will attempt to present and evaluate evidence which takes into account how global territory was divided up before the start of the war and the interests of both the allied and the axis powers with regards to securing global territory. In addition this essay will attempt to demonstrate that the generally accepted views of World War Two do not accurately represent what actually happened during the war by presenting evidence that suggests that ending the holocaust was not considered a priority by the political leaders of the allied powers.

In the years leading up to World War Two, world domination in terms of landmass and population had largely been secured by the Allied powers. The term allied powers refers to all countries or states that were opposed to Germany, however the main and most powerful allied countries were Britain, France, Russia and the United States of America. By 1921 Britain’s empire accommodated almost one quarter of the worlds landmass and around one quarter of the worlds population as well. Britain built her empire by claiming foreign territories through invasion and colonialism and her lands stretched from Europe to the Americas, Africa and Asia. France's empire was at its peak between 1919 and 1939 and at that time had laid claim to around 8.5% of the worlds landmass. France also had built its empire by invasion and colonialism and owned territories in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Russia (at that time known as USSR) held around one sixth of the worlds landmass. Russia started out supporting the Axis Powers but after Hitler invaded Russia in a surprise strike Russia joined the ...

... middle of paper ... Poland. Chamberlain response was that Britain would declare war on Germany if they attacked Poland but due to the fact Chamberlain handed over Czechoslovakia to him so easily Hitler did not believe he would really declare war. Hitler sent his troops into Poland in September 1939 and Britain immediately declared war on Germany as a result. The Allied and Axis powers were involved in negotiations and conflicts over control of world territory and territory belonging to smaller less powerful nations and were making decisions with little thought of the consequences to the people who lived there.

Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister 1940-1945) had openly supported appeasement in other situations and had voiced an approval of dictatorship and a fear of communism, however he was not willing to appease the Nazis and he did not want to negotiate with them on any terms
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