Cause and Effects of World War 2 Essay
September 1, 1939, a day that would change the world forever. It was the start of World War 2. Germany had invaded Poland and introduced its self to the world as a powerful war machine. The war lasted 6 years, it killed more people, destroyed more property than any other war in history. World War 2 not only involved Germany but most of central and Western Europe, the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, Japan, China, and eventually the United States. The war brought about the downfall of Western Europe as center of world power and led to the rise of the Soviet Union. Battle grounds of World War 2 spread to nearly every part of the world. There are many things that cause World War 2 such as economic problems, nationalism, and the rise of dictatorships in certain countries. Some believe that many of the causes were due to problems left unsolved by World War 1.
World War 1 damaged the economies of European countries. All the countries that came out of the war were deeply in debt. They had trouble repaying loans. After the war many soldiers had trouble finding jobs. Germany suffered from inflation; it destroyed the value of money and wiped out savings of millions of people. Unfortunately many of Europe's countries in the late 1920's were taking loans from the United States, and in 1929 the united states had a worldwide business slump knows as the great depression, this stopped progress on Europe's economic recovery. Through this weak state, two movements gained strength, communism and fascism. These two forces gained most support from countries from countries with economic problems; communism and fascism were opposing forces.
Nationalism also caused a lot of tension between many countries. Nationalism was an extreme form of patriotism that swept across Europe during the 1800's.Nationalists viewed foreigners and minorities as inferior. Nationalism grew stronger after World War 1, for e