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Long and Short term causes of WW2

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Elaine O'Brien

on 10 May 2014

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Transcript of Long and Short term causes of WW2

Militarization and economic expansion of Germany

Germany ignored the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and began to build up its armed forces. Also, its economy began to expand and trade
LONG AND SHORT TERM CAUSES OF WW2

LONG TERM CAUSES
Hitler wanted land

Adolf Hitler, wanted to take over countries that had been taken from Germany at the Treaty. Places like Rhineland were very important.
Control
Imperialist states such as Germany that already come close to war, competed for control of Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. This created tension in countries involved with the Treaty of Versailles

SHORT TERM CAUSES
Rise of fascist governments in Europe
Fascist groups such as Nazi were gathering more and more support from the German public. A young man named Adolf Hitler, a war veteran from WW1, stood out strongly and appealed to German citizens. Despite some unusual beliefs about who was to blame for the start of WW1, Hitler was gathering followers everywhere.
Invasions
Germany were invading countries left, right and center. This created unwanted tension between Germany and ally countries
Invasion of Poland by Germany (1939)
Invasion of Russia by Germany (1941)
Also, the pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbor by Japan (1941) brought the USA into the mix

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