What caused World War 2? Some Aspects

Note: this space will be updated

Included will be primary/ secondary sources from World War 2

  • Response to Imperialism: The attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Treaty of Versailles that Germany was unhappy with : led to Blitzkrieg
  • Elected leaders in Europe tended to be dictators who opposed perhaps communist/socialist ideals? Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.
  • Evading war: isolationism
  • Defintitions

Response to Imperialism: The attack on Pearl Harbor

The Meiji restoration was kickstarted to overthrow the shogunate era, in an attempt to perhaps ‘modernise’ Japan. The Opium war in china, also may have influenced Japan’s attempts to participate in trade with the west, to perhaps not be subject to colonialism by the west [seen in the opium war in china], or to perhaps compete in a capitalist economy.

Seeing that the west were looking into expanding their wealth and resources by colonising other countries, Japan also had the same idea. Which led to the attack on Pearl harbour.

A sinking US ship during the attack on Pearl Harbor from Britannica & National Archives, Washington, D.C.

This attack was wrought upon Japan’s alliance with Germany against US in the 1940’s. Japan also went to embark on occupying the South East Asian regions like Malaya, Phillipines and Cambodia, in order to achieve economic prosperity and invest in commodities, from these regions, which US and British Imperialism had succeeded in doing so. In 1937, Japan attempted to conquer china and as a result the nanjing massacre happened in china. When the Japanese occupied South East Asia, people tended to believe that they were being helped by their Japanese counterparts to protect their sovereignty from US-Britain rule, but what actually happened was that they traded one colonial master for another it seemed.

Keystone/Getty Images from History.com

Treaty of Versailles that Germany was unhappy with : led to Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg reffered to lightning attacks initiated by the German army during world war 2.

Elected leaders in Europe tended to be dictators who opposed perhaps communist/socialist/democracy ideals? Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.

Evading war: isolationism.

DEFINITIONS

Meiji Restoration

Imperialism

Opium War

Colonise – to take from a land’s resources without regard to its sacredness or having a respect of it, especially to take from others and not show respect to them and forcing them to follow your ways (assimilate them)

Feudal – in exchange for protection or to live on land, you offer a service to the person who owns that land, in Japan, it would be the daimyo, who is like the lord or noble.

Shogunate empire – a feudal system established in japan that used a militarised economic system where samurai’s pledge to protect their daimyo til their death, and to not obey orders they would lose their honour and to regain it they would commit sepukku

Commodities – goods that are exchanged for money

Invest –

Nanjing Massacre –

Treaty of Versailles –

Blitzkrieg –

Communist-

Socialist-

Democracy-

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