Three Main Catalysts that Brought the U.S. Into World War II

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Three Main Catalysts that Brought the U.S. Into World War II

Throughout time scholars have examined human history and many events come to mind. While many of these events have good explanations or just reasons why they occurred, there are a handful of events that had no rhyme or reason, and these events will continue to baffle scholars for centuries to come. There is one event that continues to stand out when considering the events of the 1900's. The events of World War II are extremely broad and abundant, from the advances in technology and warfare to the use of genocide to gain power. However, three main catalysts that brought the U.S. into the war include Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Hitler made government, law, and education appendages of National Socialism. After the death of Hindenburg in 1934, the chancellorship was united to the person of the Fuhrer. Hitler became the form of greeting, and a cult of Fuhrer worship was propagated. In 1938, with a carefully designed scandal, Hitler dismissed top Army Commanders, dividing their power between him and his faithful subordinates. As Hitler got ready for war, he replaced professional diplomats with Nazis. (High Beam Research, 2010). Many former disbelieves were converted by Hitler's diplomatic coups. He also played on the desire for peace and the fear of Communism with the bigger European states to achieve his expansionist goals. To stall retaliation, he claimed to be rectifying the Treaty of Versailles. Italy, in time became Germany's satellite. Hitler had Austrian chancellor Engelberg Dollfuss assassinated. (Answers Corporation, 2010).

During WWII, with his nonaggression pact with Stalin, Hitler annexed Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the USSR and attacked eastern Poland. Although Hitler honored the pact, he only did so until he found it convenient to attack the USSR in June 1941. In December 1941, he assumed personal command of war strategy. (Warlimont, 1964). It only led to disaster. In early 1943, he refused to admit defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad. He brought death to lots of German troops. As the war turned against Hitler, his horrible extermination of the
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