Causes of WWII

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    Fascist Party rises to power in Italy

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    Nazi Party rises to power in Germany

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    Japan, lacking land & natural resources, looks to establish an empire

  • Mussolini is appointed Prime Minister of Italy

  • Hitler tries to overthrow German government, but fails and is imprisoned

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    Japan's economy worsens as a result of the Great Depression

  • Japan's army seizes Manchuria

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    Japan's military takes over government

  • Nazi Party is the largest political party in Germany's Reichstag & Hitler becomes head of the German state

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    Congress pases Neutrality Acts

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    Mussolini & Italy invade Ethiopia

  • Hitler signs an alliance with Mussolini, forming the Axis Powers

  • German troops invade the Rhineland

  • FDR moves American Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor

  • Hitler annexes Austria

  • Hitler demands the Sudetenland; Britain & France agree in the Munich Conference

  • Hitler annexes Czechoslovakia

  • Britain & France pledge support to Poland in the event that it is invaded by Germany

  • Hitler invades Poland - Blitzkrieg

  • France & Britain declare war on Germany

  • Japan controls most of estern China

  • America First Committee forms to push for American isolation

  • Sitzkrieg ends - Germany attacks Denmark & Norway

  • Germany launches Blitzkrieg on Belgium

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    German troops enter Paris & France surrenders

  • Japan allies with Germany & Italy in the Tripartite Pact

  • America authorizes the first peace-time draft in history - Selective Service Act

  • Roosevelt is reelected to a third term

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    German raids on England / Battle of Britain

  • Lend-Lease Act is passed

  • Japan signs neutrality pact with Soviet Union

  • Japanses forces occupy Indochina; US freezes Japan's American assets & cuts off trade

  • Japanese fleet begins moving toward Southeast Asia; US demands that Japan withdraw from Tripartite Pact

  • Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japanese warplanes

  • US declares war on Japan

  • Germany & Italy declar war on US