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Why Was It Inevitable That There Would Be A Second World War, Even Though Measures Were Set In Place To Avoid This?

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There were many causes that led to World War Two, some of them being: The Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Japan as a world power, the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, and The League of Nations. However, the main reason that the Second World War was inevitable was unquestionably due to the rise of Adolf Hitler. WWII was directly brought about by his actions in the 1930s. Even though the League of Nations had set measures in place to avoid this happening, they were unable to prevent the war due to the fascist thinking that led Hitler to believe that Germany could win the war.
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The superiority that was ingrained into the leaders of these two European countries made them certain that they could win this war. It was made impossible for the German and Italian leaders to accept, or even imagine that they could lose the war. [2] Adolf Hitler held a strong sense of fascism, which was shown when he became the chosen leader of the German people. He was a dictator, he held all the power and this was shown not only through his actions, but also through his fascist thinking. Mussolini soon became the leader of Italy and turned out to be a dictator. He was also a fascist, which was demonstrated in the way he ruled his nation. These two political leaders have both portrayed fascism, as they believed that they would win the war. Fascism is one of the contributing factors that led to the inevitability of the Second World War.
A similar belief was held by the Japanese who began to emerge as a world power. There was a significant rise in Militarism and nationalism in Japan at the time. The Japanese military only played a minor role in World War One, but during the 1930s they began to advance their military, and they eventually gained complete control over the government. Japan followed the pattern of Western nations and obliged China into unequal economic and political treaties. Japan was criticized for the actions that she had shown towards China, and therefore decided to withdraw from the League of Nations. In 1937 the second Sino-Japanese War broke out; starting out as a small incident, soon enough this war transitioned into a full scale event. The Japanese forces succeeded in inhabiting nearly the whole coast of China, yet the war continued on a smaller scale until 1945. In 1940, Japan joined forces with dominant powers, Italy and Germany. This strongly impacted Japan’s confliction with the USA and Great Britain, which resulted in an oil boycott. The oil shortage made Japan decide to start a war with the United States and Great Britain. In late 1941 Japan invaded and attacked the allied powers at Pearl Harbour and many other places in the pacific. Japan gained and expanded control over a large region- from the border of India in the west and Papua New Guinea in the south. Japan nearly completely took over the pacific and became a dominant world power. The militarism and nationalism that Japan displayed resulted in a driven, thought to be superior Nation that had a significant impact towards World War Two becoming inevitable.
Another aspect that played a part in the inevitability of WWII was the League of Nations. This international organization was founded in the aftermath of the Treaty of Versailles, which came about in 1919. In total, there have been 64 countries part of the League over the years. The goals and purpose of the league was: disarmament, preventing war through collective...

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