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07.09 The World At War And The Fires Between - Module Project
Transcript of 07.09 The World At War And The Fires Between - Module Project
World War II was not a continuation of World War I
World War II began not as a continuation of World War I but rather due to the result of World War I and the aftermath of it was handled. Shortly after Germany surrender during World War I, many people in Europe felt that Germany was to blame for the disastrous war. They wanted to punish Germany.
Recognizing that the war started because there was no formal system for working out differences, they created the League of Nations, an international congress that allowed different countries to openly speak about their concerns to other countries.
After taking power, Hitler wanted to do two risky and dangerous things; provoke a war in Europe and unite the German-speaking peoples of Europe into a large nation state. He was lucky, these two ideas were complementary. His first step towards these two goals was through German nationalism.
Struggling to meet the demands of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany grew reliant on borrowing vast sums of money from America in order to pay its war debt to England and France. Then in 1929, the United States experienced an economic depression. As a result, America was unable to continue lending money to Germany during this time making the country unable to pay its war reparation to England and France