Events Leading to World War II

  • League of Nations formed

    League of Nations formed
    The League of Nations was formed by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and consisted of many diplomats from different nations. The League's goals included disarmament, preventing war through collective security, improvement of global quality of life, and diplomacy.Although, because they didn’t have an army, they were unable to stop aggression from other powers and were then not able to prevent wars from happening in the future.
  • Japan Invades Manchuria

    Japan Invades Manchuria
    mukden After the explosion at a Japanese owned railroad in Mukden China, now in the modern city of Sheng-yang, the Japanse military leaders was quick to blame Chinese nationalists on the attack. They then proceeded to invade parts of China from Korea without the consent of the Japanese government.
  • Hitler Comes to Power

    Hitler Comes to Power
    Hitler became chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. During the time of the election, Germany, along with most of Europe, was going through a strong economic depression. Many parties offered simple solutions for economic problems. Hitler and the Nazis offered a more appealing one for the German people: a scapegoat.
  • Germany withdraws from League of Nations

    Germany withdraws from League of Nations
    Rearment With little interest in domestic policy, Hitler made way to not only rearm Germany, but carry out a plan to literally take over Europe. Soon after becoming chancellor, he ordered that rearment be stepped up. Then, in order to reduce foreign control on Germany, Hitler had the country from the League of Nations on October 21, 1933.
  • United States recognizes Soviet Union

    United States recognizes Soviet Union
    President Roosevelt sent a telegram to the Soviet leader Maxim Litvinov, expressing hope that United States-Soviet relations would “ friendly.” The main issues surrounding the establishment of relations included the setling of debts, Soviet involvement in American domestic affairs and the legal status of Americans living in the Soviet Union.
  • 7th Pan American Conference

    7th Pan American Conference
    Policy The Monroe doctrine had been used for the US to control Latin America, and President Hoover set out to fix it. Once FDR was in office, he realized that he needed allies in Latin America, not enemies, when it came to the upcoming war in Europe. He called the Pan-American Conference in South America, convincing most of the Americas to side against Germany and Italy, in case war was to come.
  • Japan Withdraws from the Wahington Naval Treaty

    Japan Withdraws from the Wahington Naval Treaty
    Japan WithdrawsThe Washington Naval Treaty was a treaty that limited naval construction and prevent an arms race among the victorious powers in the wake of World War I. It limited the construction of battleships, battlecruisers and aircraft carriers by the signatories. Submarines were limited to 2000 tons surface displacement and limited to guns of not more than 5.25" (130mm), The submarine limitation was resented in Japan and that led to the withdrewal.
  • Neutrality Act of 1935 is Signed

    Neutrality Act of 1935 is Signed
    Neutrality Act of 1935In response to the turmoil in Europe and Asia, The Neutrality Acts were laws that were passed by the United States Congress. The 1935 act, signed on August 31, 1935, imposed a general embargo on trading in arms and war materials with all parties in a war. It also declared that American citizens traveling on warring ships traveled at their own risk. The act was set to expire after six months.
  • Neutrality Act of 1936 Signed

    Neutrality Act of 1936 Signed
    1936 ActThe Neurality Act of 1936 renewed the 1935 Act for another 14 months.It even forbade all loans or credits to belligerents. President Roosevelt and the federal government were accepting some of the findings of the Nye Commission that concluded that bankers and businesses that were invested in the Allies in World War I that pushed the United States to enter the war.With this act, Roosevelt wanted to keep Americans focused on our nation rather than Europe.
  • German Forces enter Rhineland

    German Forces enter Rhineland
    Rhineland 1936Hitler went against the Treaty of Versailles and sent troops into the Rhineland that stated that Rhineland had been made into a demilitarised zone. He sent his troops to the region and remilitarized the region. This became the first of many territorial takeovers by Germany. Hitler's troops moved further to the west that presented a threat to France and Great Britain.
  • Japan Invades China

    Japan Invades China
    Also known as the Second Sino-Japanese War, was a military conflict fought primarily between The Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. Through the years of 1937-1941, China fought Japan with some economic help from Germany, the United States, and the Soviet Union. This war was the second-largest Asian war in the 20th century.
  • Panay Incident

    Panay Incident
    On December 12, 1937, Japanese warplanes without provocation dive-bombed repeatedly, the Panay and a British gunboat, both of which were moored in the river; the American vessel was also sunk. The US public was outraged by this attack, which caused two deaths and 48 casualties. Claiming its pilots had not seen the US flags painted on Panay's decks and sides, Japan apologized and paid the indemnity demanded by the United States.
  • Hitler seizes Austri

    Hitler seizes Austri
    "Anschluss" -On March 12, 1938, German troops invaded Austria. Hitler was received with great enthusiasm by the Austrian people, and he immediately announced that Austria had become part of the German Reich. The laws of Germany, including its anti-Semitic acts, were swiftly applied in Austria.
  • Nazi - Soviet non aggression pact

    Nazi - Soviet non aggression pact
    On August 23, 1939, four days after the economic agreement was signed and a little over a week before the beginning of World War II, Ribbentrop and Molotov signed the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Publicly, this agreement stated that the two countries - Germany and the Soviet Union - would not attack each other.The pact was suppose to last for ten years but lasted for less than two.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    Also known as the September Campaign, or 1939 Defensive War. In this war, there was an invasion of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union which marked the start of World War II. The war ended with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing and completely annexing Poland.
  • Great Depression Begins/Black Tuesday

    Great Depression Begins/Black Tuesday
    Info VideoThe Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, as well as other industrialized areas of the world in 1929. Millions of people lost their jobs, and farmers and businesses went bankrupt. It is known as the most severe depression experienced by the Western World.