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Title: Causes%20of%20World%20War%20II


1
Causes of World War II
2
What Caused World War II?
UNDERLYING CAUSES
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • The Depression
  • Rise of Dictators
  • Failure of the League of Nations
  • Appeasement

3
Treaty of Versailles
  • ends World War I (1919)
  • Germany had to
  • - pay reparations
  • - accept responsibility for WWI
  • - decrease military force
  • - abandon empire

4
Depression
  • economy is the priority in the West
  • countries were distracted with their own problems
  • Hitler creates a military economy and reduces
    unemployment

5
Dictators
  • search for economic solutions
  • want to expand countries
  • Axis Germany, Italy, Japan
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact (1939)
  • expansion of country
  • avoid a two-front war
  • divide up Poland

6
League of Nations
  • created after WWI USA never joins
  • purpose ? make decisions to settle disputes
    peacefully
  • threats of trade boycott and force would deter
    aggressive countries
  • countries must have the courage to act on this

7
Appeasement
  • giving into the demands of dictators
  • Why?
  • avoid another war
  • focus on economy
  • afraid of Communism
  • feel sorry for Germany

8
FAIL!!!!
  • Hitler militarized Rhineland (1936)
  • Hitler invades Austria (1938)
  • - Britain France do nothing
  • Munich Conference (1938)
  • Hitler wants Czechoslovakia
  • Hitler wont invade anymore countries
  • British PM gives in to Hitler

9
Immediate Cause of WWII
  • Hitler invades Poland (Sept. 1, 1939)

10
WWII The Players
  • Axis Allies
  • Germany Great Britain
  • Japan France
  • Italy Canada
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