They also went after anyone that didn’t fit in to their idea of the “Master Race”, Aryans. Many historians today believe that some of the causes of World War II can be traced to World War I (1914-1918).
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).
A “League of Nations” was set up after World War I to help try to keep the peace, however, the United States did not join, and other countries were too busy with their own problems to concern themselves with Germany and other trouble spots.
As the 1930s came about, the world was hit by an economic depression.
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.
Germany and its allies had been defeated in World War I.
They were also to pay a rather large fine and make substantial territorial concessions to the Allied Powers.
After the end of World War I, Germany saw the rise of Adolf Hitler and his concept of Nazism (National Socialism, later converted to the National Socialist German Workers Party, NSDAP) both of which became quite popular in 1930s.
and the Central Powers, which consisted of the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and others of the like that were not on the winning end of the war.
The Treaty of Versailles; a peace treaty which followed the end of World War 1, held Germany responsible for the war and put many harsh penalties on Germany, including military restrictions and disarmament of their country.