World War II : The Great War

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World War II The devastation left by the Great War (aka World War 1) had greatly destabilized Europe, and in many aspects World War II grew out of issues left unresolved by the conflicts of WW1. In particular, political and economic instability in Germany left by the harsh punishments and terms imposed by the Versailles Treaty, fueled the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. In the years between the first and second world wars there was a time of great instability with a world wide depression. It was also a time when Germany, Italy and Japan developed intense nationalist feelings that led to a desire to expand. Germany in Northern and Eastern Europe, Italy in Africa and Greece, and Japan in Asia and the South Pacific. Germany also has the motivation of ultimately avenging the harsh terms forced on it after the First World War. In late August 1939 Hitler and Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. This brought about a frenzy of worry in London and Paris. Hitler had a long planned invasion of Poland. Poland was a nation that Great Britain and France had guaranteed military support if it was attacked by Germany. The pact with Stalin meant that Hitler would not have to face a war on two fronts once he invaded Poland. This also meant that he would have Soviet assistance in taking over and dividing up Poland. On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland from the west. A few days later, France and Britain declared war on

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