He designated lots of money for the expansion of the German navvy in 1897. Then Germany invaded Belgium and attacked France, drawing Britain into the battle. The European countries wanted to conquer other lands and to build an empire to show that they were the toughest. All the great powers were competing for colonies and land. Great Britain had a huge empire, the biggest in the world at the time, and Germany didn?
In Asia and the Pacific, the Japanese armies invaded countries and islands. Congress declared war against Japan, plunging the U. Americans had fought in that earlier war to “Make the world safe for Democracy.” Those were the words and goals of President Woodrow Wilson (President from 1913 to 1921).
On December 7, 1941, The Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. However, the peace treaties that ended World War I seemed only to create in many people and governments, bitterness and anger that eventually boiled over and helped instill the inevitable beginnings of World War II.
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Germany and its allies had been defeated in World War I.
Germany was ordered to hand over one sixth of its territory and forced to pay huge reparations (payments by a defeated country for the destruction it caused in a war).
The citizens of the world were looking for leaders that could bring them the change they so desperately wanted and needed.
There were numerous causes to the War itself; however, the most important cause in my opinion was World War 1 in and of itself.
More than 50 nations took part in this war, which changed the world forever.
For Americans, World War II had a clear-cut purpose; they were fighting to defeat tyranny.