What was Japan planning to do that led them to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941? Japan was going through a hard time like every other nation, but Japan wasn’t going to go down with this depression easily. Japan thoughts of expanding their economy to the other parts of Asia where there would be more resources that can help their economy get back up. But doing so will cause a confrontation with other nation that rule over parts of Asian countries, like the United States. Because of this, the Japanese was force to attack Pearl Harbor and try to take the upper hand in its conquest.
Throughout the 1930’s Japan was at war with China and eventually conquered it. In 1937, Japan conquere... ... middle of paper ... ... an alliance with Nazi Germany and Italy, joining the Axis powers” (Streissguth 64-65). This alliance was the beginning of Japan’s role in WWII. Even though Japan had its struggles and accomplishments, it was still shocking that they joined the Axis powers. No-one would expect Japan to join a major war like WWII, but Japan surprised everyone with its military strength and leadership.
The weapons and artillery used in World War II basically were evolved types of weaponry that were used during World War I (Military History 1). World War II began in 1939 when the German armies decided to invade parts of Europe, therefore causing Europeans to retaliate against the Germans (World War 1). World War II began because those countries which were defeated in World War I (Germany, Italy, and Japan) were greatly devastated by the loss. Their countries were suffering from economical problems and were also left in bad conditions after World War I. They had lost much territory and now were practically in debt for the damages which they had done during the war (1).
The Inevitable Attack The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th of 1941 was the effect of many years of political and military tensions in Europe and in Asia. The tensions in Europe were due to the growing power of Germany led by Adolf Hitler, involving nearly all of Europe, but mainly Germany, France, Britain, and even the Soviet Union. The Asian tensions, which had been going on since around July of 1937, were due to the desires of Japan to expand their powers unto all the Asian countries. Japan sought to expand its powers in a political and military manner, but also sought to use the resources that the Asian countries in which they were invading had, that they themselves did not. According to Japan, they were benefiting the countries they were entering, rather than harming or taking away their freedoms.
In the early 1930’s, Japan had many economic complications and was struggling with its ever-growing population numbers, and the need to accommodate them. Nevertheless, the United States, along with several other countries, stopped accepting Japanese immigrants into one’s own country, adding to the stress of Japan’s worries. Japan’s solution was to invade an unindustrialised China, and take over supremacy. This meant Japanese civilians could take shelter in China’s rural areas and Japan would be able to solve its economic crisis, though in 1937, the invasion lead to war between China and Japan. After the Japanese formed an alliance with Germany in 1940, France was forced by Japan, into letting Japanese soldiers into the northern part of its country, and by the next year, Japan reined the entire country of France .
The United States wanted control of some Pacific islands to use as refueling and repair stations for its naval vessels. Again, some people argued that the U.S. should avoid foreign affairs, and some argued that they should become more involved. Some people thought this would be a good idea because of the economic growth. America was manufacturing too much food and goods in their nation. They needed expansion.
Chinese overseers were upset over this issue and contemplated for a solution. A revolt was the key and the outcome of the Boxer Rebellion was disastrous for China and its dynasty. Countless officials were executed, extensive payments had to be made and in addition, foreign troops were stationed in China as the dynasty lost its control. To this extent, the Boxer Rebellion was a failure in its aftermath, although successful in its unification. During the 1890’s, the Chinese people felt that foreigners not only had brought commercial and territorial demands but also had corroded the Chinese culture.
During the boxer rebellion, many native converts were killed for turning their backs on a rich culture steeped in tradition. Its no wonder the Chinese were able to amass a force of 140,000 people to rebel against foreign occupants. Germany may have underestimated the resolve of the Chinese people but their acts of rebellion and the bloodshed created as a result, allowed for great nationalistic sentiment amongst the German people. Wilhelm wanted to make an example of the Chinese for insulting the German flag. He also wanted to stress Germany’s great military capacity in a way that would strike fear into the hearts and minds of any nation that may stand in their way in future conflicts.
On the other hand, many also argue that Japan has been remilitarizing to defend its own interests. I argue that Japan is remilitarizing and forming alliances with countries, such as the United States, who are also worried about China’s rising power. This is done in order to protect their interests and prevent China from becoming a hegemonic power. The first argument states that Japan has strengthened its alliances with the United States and other maritime powers that are also concerned with China’s rising power (Grant 2012, 1). The alliances are needed because Japan is currently constrained by a lethargic economy, an enormous amount of public debt and a weak political system (Grant 2012, 1).
From this point forward, it was a goal for both Hitler and his Nazi Party to rid the world of deemed “inferior” groups of people (Holocaust Encyclopedia: Timeline of Events). Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1930, after running a strong political campaign during a devastating time in German history. Germany was suffering from a disastrous economic depression resulting from World War One, and Hitler used this to his advantage by using his political skills and rising popularity to gain favor. After Hitler became Chancellor, he developed his Nazi party into a massive and powerful unit. One of Hitler’s strongest points as a leader was his military genius, and this military focus led to the start of World War Two when Hitler decided to invade Poland (Meier).