World War II: Pearl Harbor & The Pacific War

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Chaos and continual disorder encompassed the people across the globe in the years prior to the declaration of war between the Axis and Allied powers in 1939. The Great Depression that had struck soon after the First World War left much of the world unemployed and desperate for relief. Nationalism swept through Germany in response to the terms of the Versailles Treaty that ended World War I. China and Japan had been at war since Japanese troops invaded Manchuria in 1931. Germany, Italy, and Japan began multiple invasions and occupations of nearby countries. When they received no meaningful consequences for their aggressive actions, they felt emboldened and World War II began. In the midst of war and the growing totalitarian aggression, the United States passed several Neutrality Acts in an attempt to avoid involvement in another global war. Efforts to stay isolated from global conflict would lead to growing tensions between the main powers resulting in a rather inclusive war. After a vicious attack on their own home front staged by the Japanese, the United States catapulted into World War II. Over the course of the next six years the United States engage in continuous battles with Germany, Japan, and Italy on various fronts in Europe and the Pacific which necessitated a larger fighting force. Men like Raymond Barron Chavez courageously served as a naval serviceman during the war. Through his accounts on the Pearl Harbor attack and battles in the Pacific, we learn the first hand details of World War II. World War II reveals that leaving particular issues unresolved in terms of war will most likely lead to another one. The seeds of World War II in Europe began to sprout due to the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. A... ... middle of paper ... ...ieved from Bay, M. (Director). (2001). Pearl Harbor [Motion picture]. United States: Touchstone Home Video ;. Balsam, M. (Director). (20061970). Tora! Tora! Tora! [Motion picture]. United States: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Calvocoressi, P., & Wint, G. (1999). The Penguin history of the Second World War. London: Penguin. Griffith, S. B. (1963). The battle for Guadalcanal ([1st ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott. Leckie, R. (1995). Okinawa: the last battle of World War II. New York: Viking. Prange, G. W., Goldstein, D. M., & Dillon, K. V. (1988). December 7, 1941: the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. New York: McGraw-Hill. Smith, R. A., & Meehl, G. A. (2002). Pacific legacy: image and memory from World War II in the Pacific. New York: Abbeville Press.
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