Causes of World War II

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World Wars I and II have been two of the most devastating wars since the evolution of man. What links these two wars together are tensions, grudges, and revenge opportunities that lingered from the First World War to the Second World War. Unlike the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand before World War I, World War II had no specific event that triggered the war, but a combination of factors eventually led to its beginning in 1939. Upon first glance it appears that the main causes of World War II were aggression movements by both the German and Japanese nations. Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 and Japan’s attempts to expand and gain status during the 1930s were early signs that a Second World War was on the way; however, there was more behind the causes of World War II than simple aggression by nations. Underlying factors that led to the offensive behavior of both Japan and Germany were causes of the Second World War. Underlying causes of World War II were both a failure of the allied powers to create a treaty that resolved the issues of World War I on terms that did not s...

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