The Social and Political Issues of World War Two

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In unit three of Nation of Nations, there were many social/cultural and political issues that affected the Jews in Germany and the Japanese in America. The social/cultural groups were roused due to the conflicts arising over ethnic backgrounds, race, and class differences. The Jews and Japanese faced discrimination in both countries whether they were born there or not. (Davidson, 2008) In America, the Japanese were treated as, “aliens of enemy nationality.” This was partly because of their attack on Pearl Harbor. In Germany, the Jews were treated as, “inferior creatures.” This was due to the dictatorship and racism of Adolf Hitler. Both in America and Germany, these two groups were sent to concentration camps and isolated from society. (Davidson, 2008) For America, Japan, Germany, Britain, and France WWll was known as the war that reshaped the political and social aspects around the world. “The demand for the fullest exploitation of materials and human resources for increased production, the use of blockades, and the intensive bombing of civilian targets made the war of 1939 even more total that is, comprehensive and intense than that of 1914.” (Kagan, 2001) According to my reading, Hitler came into power one day after Roosevelt’s inauguration, March 5, 1933. He had begun his dictatorship of Germany as he had planned. Adolf Hitler was a man of innovation and much hate. He had been a soldier in WWl and he blamed the Jews for Germany’s loss. The loss angered him deeply. He also believed that the Versailles Treaty caused the financial crisis in Germany. (Davidson, 2008) “The Versailles Treaty limited the German’s army and naval vessels, (no tanks, aircrafts, or poison gases) Germany had to surrender all col... ... middle of paper ... ... of Nations cannot always keep the peace between foreign and domestic nations. In conclusion, Unit three has helped me understand how governments think and handle their problems when forced. America is not a perfect place (no nation is) but, we have people we can count on in our time of need. Japanese were treated as, “aliens of enemy nationality” and the Jews were treated as inferior creatures. Anti-Semitism ran wild during WWll. But nations joined together whether American or not to help each other win the war for peace and freedom. I leave you with these final words: ‘The demand for the fullest exploitation of material and human resources for increased production, the use of blockades and intensive bombing of civilian targets made the war of 1939 even more total, that is, comprehensive and intense than that of 1914.” (Kolag, 2001)
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