However in Roosevelt’s speech he wanted the people to agree to end the policy of neutrality and help our allies. Whereas in Kennedy’s speech he wanted both the people of the United States and our foreign allies to focus on what connects us instead of what separates us. On January 6, 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his Four Freedoms speech as a state of the union address. At this point in time the world, specifically Eurasia, was in complete chaos. Hitler and the Nazis had already taken over Norway, Poland and Belgium.
After World War 1 had ended, the world leaders spoke seriously to prevent upcoming future wars but since Hitler had come to power, Hitler violated the treaty of Versailles and began to make his army. Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland and militarized it with the army. He created a lot of many new tactics and military strategies that stunned the European nations before World War II. One of the military tactics he used was Blitzkrieg which was also known as the "Lightning war" but before that Hitler had to test it on a nation. Hitler stunned Europe with the speed and efficiency of the German attack on Poland.
The distrust throughout the countries led to treaties pledging that certain countries would defend each other, which separated the countries outside of the pledges further (Adelblue “Setting the Stage for War”). This only increased the tension, as each country began taking sides, and set the stage for the war. Eventually, Germany began to fear that the French were seeking revenge from a previous war, the Franco-Prussian War. Germany knew that France wouldn’t attack alone, so they quickly took action and formed the Triple Alliance. Germany signed a treaty with Austria-Hungary and Italy, enforcing the fact that each country was beginning to take sides (Adelblue “Setting the Stage for War”).
World War 2 started on 3 September 1939. Although there were many cause for the war, like the failure of the Treaty of Versailles, threat of communism, and appeasement. Hitler and the Nazi party were the main cause, they were linked with all other causes, making them stand out as the ‘main cause’. Everything that had happened after World War 1; the Treaty of Versailles, the Great Depression, Communism and Fascism, all helped Hitler gain trust from the Germans, as he said he would ‘make Germany great again’. Starting another world war within 20 years of the ‘war that was meant to end all wars’.
To what extent was Wilhelm’s foreign policy the cause of WWI? Kaiser Wilhelms foreign policy wasn’t the exact cause of World War I, but it was one of the main causes that brought it to start. In 1888, Wilhelm II became the Kaiser of the german empire. The changes he made in the policies and style of government during the next years played a big role in the outbreak of war during 1914. Compared to Bismarck, who chose really conservative politics between the 1870s and 1880s, Wilhelm opted for a militaristic and expansionist political path, in order to defend Germany’s “Place in The Sun”.
The Treaty of Versailles had an immense significance over Germany in 1919-1939 as it would cause large political, economical, financial, geographical, and military changes for Germany and would result in the rise of the Nazis. The Treaty of Versailles was a treaty to help “settle” international conflicts after World War 1 by deciding who was responsible for the war and how they should be punished. The treaty was written up by Great Britain, France, and The United States of America. Germany was ultimately decided as responsible for the war and was punished heavily as a result. This was in large part due to the complaints of George Clemenceau about the treaty’s original leniency.
Looking back at the early 1930’s, there are many people today who would criticize the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with his policy of appeasement towards the Natzi leader, Adolf Hitler. Appeasement is defined as “the policy of acceding to the demands of a potentially hostile nation in the hope of maintaining peace.” However, historians now know that peace was never an option for the German leader. His invasion of the Rhineland and Austria was only the beginning; Hitler had his eyes set on Poland, Russia and eventually the world. Chamberlain has been heavily criticized for simply handing over the Sudetenland because this action showed that Hitler had the upper hand. It helped the Natzis become much more powerful, encouraged aggression,
The peace treaty of Versailles had created a lot of hatred between nations, especially Germany, which was left humiliated and isolated. When Germany gained power again and resisted the obligations of Versailles, other European powers became alert and saw the need for new alliances. They all feared another war. Nationalist fascist leaders gained power in Germany, Italy, and Spain. These nations were very militaristic and probed for a new war, especially Germany.
As a result, Germany was left with hyperinflation and a destroyed economy. It can be said that World War II was mainly the outcome of (Germany’s) Depression. However, the Depression could not incite the world onto a path of another war unless the circumstances for this strife were already rooted in the tensions of the treaty PERSONAL ANALYSIS? (Graebner, Bennett 120-122). Unsurprisingly, Germany desired to seek revenge on the treaty.
9In what ways did the Treaty of Versailles punish Germany? When Germany surrendered, they knew they had to pay a price, but the peace treaty was more severe than they expected. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and American President Woodrow Wilson, the three leaders of the Allies, decided the fate of Germany. The Treaty
1) Militarism- Germany, Britain, and France all wanted to build the largest armies and their navies and the battle to use them on each other Alliances- Serbia had an alliance with Russia and Austria-Hungary had an alliance with Germany which lead to more countries getting involved. Imperialism- countries sought to increase their amount of land either for cultural or economic reasons Nationalism- people thought their country was better than the others which led to more people fighting for their country 2) the official policy that was used at the start of the war was to remain neutral. Wilson had ordered that the US would trade with nations on both sides war. In the start of the war, many Americans agreed with that policy saying
The details are left to you for settlement...” This explained how Germany supposedly wanted Mexico to declare a war on the U.S and when Germany “wins”, they will give all the land that the U.S took back to them. Which caused a lot of fury to the government, and this made the citizens angry. Also, it made them want to go to war with the central powers and join the allies, which is exactly what the government wanted. More than ever did they want and need support from the people. Woodrow Wilson made the speech, “Do Your Bit For America” addressing to the people to contribute to those on the battlefield defending the country for them, explaining the many that have fallen for their freedom, which touched a lot of souls.
World War I ended in 1918 with the victorious Allied powers, and the peace-promising Treaty of Versailles. However, this treaty 's peace did not last long as its unrealistic demands caused strong resentment within the Central powers against the Allied powers. Territorial losses, reparation payments, and inflation all left Europe in economic ruins. The damage and destruction that resulted from World War I paved a clear path that allowed for World War II to occur. It began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler gained power and, with the help of the Nazi Party, turned Germany in a totalitarian dictatorship.
Great Britain had hoped to leave Germany strong enough for trade. the The repercussions of the Treaty of Versailles would soon result in World War II, after the decline of the Weimar Republic and after German sentiments allowed a charismatic Hitler to rise in power, thus heightening nationalism amongst the
Winning the war would require the United States to abandon its absolute commitment its core values of isolationism, humanitarianism, and democracy At the time, it appeared that both Hitler and Japan were bent on total domination. Hitler had taken over nearly all of Europe, and the Japan was expanding its influence in the Pacific. Both nations had demonstrated that they were willing to do anything to achieve their goals. It was not hard to conceive that if Germany was successful, nearly all of Europe would fall. This would not bode well for the United States economically because it would close off our trade connections with Europe.