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World War II: Its Causes, Effects, and the Aftermath
An American Story

History 202
Matt Shaffer
July 22, 2010

Known as one of the bloodiest wars in world history, World War II brought about many new changes of how wars are fought and had a great impact on humanity. More than 50 countries were involved in the war, and the entire world felt its effects. World War II killed more people, was more expensive, and created more drastic changes in almost every country than any other war in history. Tactical warfare was greatly influenced, as well as the major player for the center of world power. Following World War I, the United States conquered the entire world market of food and industry. Germany, Japan, and Italy became anxious to expand and increase their power, and they felt as though they were at a disadvantage in trying to compete with other countries for world markets. These three nations felt that other nations unjustly controlled the majority of the world’s wealth. As a result, they began to find lands to take over that they believed to be their cut of the world’s resources. In helping on doing so, military leaders in Japan took over the government, and Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. By 1939, there was an all out war in Europe (“Stanovov,” 2000). In America, people were divided on their opinions of the United States involvement in the war. Most wanted the Allied nations to prevail; however, they also wanted the U.S. to stay out of the war. Others wanted to the U.S. to help the Allies at all costs (“Stanovov,” 2000). Being cautious, the United States started building its armed forces and began giving aid to the Allied nations by way of sale or loan. As a result, the U.S. sent over $50 billion dollars of war material to the Allies. The U.S. military numbers increased significantly; 6 million in the Army; 3.4 million in the Navy; 2.4…...

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