Who Started World War 2?
There are a number of factors that could have caused World War 2 to occur. But the most likely cause was Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939.
The German government had long resented the Treaty of Versailles, which imposed crippling financial sanctions and territorial dismemberment on Germany. This made Germany feel humiliated and angered them.
Germany’s Invasion of Poland
The invasion of Poland, which began at dawn on September 1, 1939, was the beginning of World War 2. It is often referred to as the “Phoney War.”
Invading Poland was one of several efforts by Nazi Germany to regain territories lost to the Allies during World War I. It was the beginning of a long and bloody war that would eventually result in millions of lives being lost.
After Hitler signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin on August 23, it became clear that Germany was not going to have any trouble waging war against Poland. The pact secretly divided the region into two spheres of influence; western one-third went to Germany, and eastern two-thirds to the Soviet Union.
In the ensuing months, Polish resistance groups formed the Polish Underground State and the Polish government-in-exile. Hundreds of thousands of Poles were displaced from their homes and sent into forced-labor camps.
The Treaty of Versailles
On 28 June 1919, France, Great Britain and the USA signed the Treaty of Versailles. The treaty was a peace agreement that required Germany to pay vast amounts of money, accept responsibility for the war and reduce its army.
It also forced Germany to forfeit some of its territory, including parts of Alsace and Lorraine. It also took away most of its iron and coal production.
As a result, the economic impact of the treaty was extremely harsh. It reduced Germany’s power and caused poverty all over the country.
It is important to remember that the treaty did not end World War 2. Instead, it set the stage for the next one. But, it is also true that the treaty was very harsh and caused many people to resent it.
The economic Depression that began in the United States in 1929 was a global disaster. It wreaked havoc on currencies, trade and employment throughout the world.
It also created unstable governments and political systems that led to wars worldwide. The German economy was particularly hard hit and the Depression played a major role in the rise of Adolf Hitler to power.
Many people blamed the depression on the change in American ideas of debt and consumption, but the truth is that it was a result of several factors. The stock market crash, for example, was a combination of many factors.
Propaganda is any sort of information that is intended to influence people’s opinions and beliefs. This can include everything from commercials to political ads.
During World War 2 propaganda was used to increase support for the United States and its allies. It was also used to dehumanize and hate the enemy.
It also encouraged Americans to save gas and tires, work harder and safer on farms, ration food and water, and buy war bonds.
If you hear or see anything that might be propaganda, it should be carefully dissected and studied. The analysis of propaganda requires a lot of background information and time.