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The Coming of War 1931-1942 . Chapter 14. Section 1: Dictators and War. Why it Matters. WWI and the Great Depression impacted almost every corner of the globe. Dictatorship and totalitarianism were able to grasp many states (nations).
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The coming of war 1931 1942Slide 1

The Coming of War1931-1942

Chapter 14

Section 1 dictators and warSlide 2

Section 1: Dictators and War

Why it mattersSlide 3

Why it Matters

  • WWI and the Great Depression impacted almost every corner of the globe.

  • Dictatorship and totalitarianism were able to grasp many states (nations)

Focus question why did totalitarian states rise after world war i and what did they doSlide 4

Focus Question: Why did totalitarian states rise after World War I, and what did they do?

A bitter peace unravelsSlide 5

A Bitter Peace Unravels

  • With the end of WWI and the Treaty of Versailles nations again were divided over the terms of peace.

  • During the 1920’s many nations moved toward democracy and others in the opposite direction of totalitarianism

  • Totalitarianism – a theory of government in which a single party or leader controls the economic, social, and cultural lives of its people

Checkpoint what legacy did world war i leave behindSlide 6

Checkpoint: What legacy did World War I leave behind?

Characteristics of a totalitarian stateSlide 7

Characteristics of a Totalitarian State

  • Single-Party dictatorship

  • Strong, charismatic leader often at head of government

  • State control of the economy

  • Use of police, spies, and terror to enforce the will of the state

  • Government control of the media and use of propaganda to indoctrinate citizens

  • Use of schools and youth organizations to spread ideology

  • Strict censorship of artists, intellectuals, and political rivals

Repression in the soviet union and italySlide 8

Repression in the Soviet Union and Italy

  • The 1917 Russian Revolution was the first totalitarian state (Lenin)

  • His programs resulted in civil war, starvation ,famine, and death of millions of Russians

Stalin s grip on the soviet unionSlide 9

Stalin’s Grip on the Soviet Union

  • Joseph Stalin (man of steal) - took Lenin’s place as the head of the Communist Party

  • His attempts to transform the Soviet Union into an industrial power caused millions of deaths (purges)

Mussolini s fascist party controls italySlide 10

Mussolini’s Fascist Party Controls Italy

  • Italian totalitarianism was in many ways a result of the war, peace treaties, and economic depression.

  • Benito Mussolini – Fascist Party, trumpeted nationalism and promised to make Italy great again.

Checkpoint how did stalin and mussolini maintain their powerSlide 11

Checkpoint: How did Stalin and Mussolini maintain their power?

Aggressive leaders in germany and japanSlide 12

Aggressive Leaders in Germany and Japan

  • After WWI Germany became a democracy (Weimar Republic)

  • Economic woes and runaway inflation plagued the young government

The nazis riseSlide 13

The Nazis Rise

  • The National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or Nazi began to threaten the republic

  • They were not socialists or communist or any ism that promoted class interests or workers’ rights above German ethnic solidarity

Adolf hitlerSlide 14

Adolf Hitler

  • Adolf Hitler – led the Nazi Party, failed artist, wounded and decorated WWI soldier

  • Wrote Mein Kampf(“My Struggle”) stated the problems facing Germany

  • His most piercing criticisms were of the communists and Jews

Anti semiticSlide 15


  • Anti-Semitic – prejudice against Jewish people

  • Anti-Semitism had troubled Europe for centuries, motivated by religious intolerance and economic resentment

Hitler seizes powerSlide 16

Hitler Seizes Power

  • Recognizing the power of Hitler’s party president of the Weimar Republic appointed Hitler chancellor of Germany in 1933

  • Over two years he became chancellor and president then consolidated his power

  • This was a totalitarian regime (secret police) pgs. 438, 440

Militarists gain power in japanSlide 17

Militarists Gain Power in Japan

  • Reasserting power, military leaders argued that expansion through out Asia would solve Japan’s economic troubles

  • Japan did not become a totalitarian state, but remained a constitutional monarchy

The japanese expand their empireSlide 18

The Japanese Expand Their Empire

  • In 1931 Japan attacked Manchuria

  • 1937 Japan moved against China, gaining control over major Chinese railroad links and coastal areas

  • The “Rape of Nanjing” 200,000

Checkpoint how did the great depression affect political life in germany and japanSlide 19

Checkpoint: How did the Great Depression affect political life in Germany and Japan?

Dictators turn to aggressionSlide 20

Dictators Turn to Aggression

  • Germany and Italy resorted to acts of aggression similar to those of Japan in Asia

  • The League of Nations was powerless to do anything

Hitler and mussolini threaten the peaceSlide 21

Hitler and Mussolini Threaten the Peace

  • Hitler focused on restoring Germany’s economy, army, navy, and air force in direct defiance of the Treaty of Versailles

  • Hitler spoke of the need to gain Lebensraum, living space

  • Mussolini invaded Ethiopia with many pleas and little response for the League of Nations

Fighting breaks out in spainSlide 22

Fighting Breaks out in Spain

  • Spanish Civil War – bloody conflict that raged from 1936 until 1939.

  • Fascist rebels fought against Spain's democratic Republic aided by Hitler and Mussolini

Checkpoint why did the league of nations fail to halt german and italian aggressionsSlide 23

Checkpoint: Why did the League of Nations fail to halt German and Italian aggressions?

Aggression goes uncheckedSlide 24

Aggression Goes Unchecked

  • Appeasement – policy of granting concessions to a potential enemy in the hope that it will maintain peace

  • French and British policy in the 1930s’

The coming of war 1931 1942Slide 25


  • Anschluss (AHN shloos) – in the spring of 1938 Austria’s entrance into the Reich

  • Munich Pact – the agreement Chamberlain reached at conference with Germany declaring “peace for our time,” this only delayed WWII for 11 months

Checkpoint why did britain france and the u s not stop fascist aggression in the 1930 sSlide 26

Checkpoint: Why did Britain, France, and the U.S. not stop fascist aggression in the 1930’s?

From isolation to involvement section 2Slide 27

From Isolation to InvolvementSection 2

Why it matters1Slide 28

Why it Matters

  • Roosevelt condemned aggression in Asia but did little to stop it, while Britain and France continued appeasement in Germany

Focus question how did americans react to events in europe and asia in the early years of wwiiSlide 29

Focus Question: How did Americans react to events in Europe and Asia in the early years of WWII?

Roosevelt opposes aggressionSlide 30

Roosevelt Opposes Aggression

  • Roosevelt criticized Japan’s aggression by calling it “reign of terror and international lawlessness”

  • Roosevelt suggested that no part of the world was truly isolated (pg. 444)

War erupts in europeSlide 31

War Erupts in Europe

  • Hitler Launches a Blitzkrieg Against Poland

  • Blitzkrieg – sudden attack (lighting war)

  • France Falls to the Axis Powers

  • Axis Powers – Germany, Italy, Japan

  • Allied Powers – Britain, France, Soviet Union, U.S., China

  • Winston Churchill – British Prime Minister

  • The Battle of Britain is fought in the air. (pg. 446)

Checkpoint which side seemed to be winning the war at the end of 1940Slide 32

Checkpoint: Which side seemed to be winning the war at the end of 1940?

Americans debate involvementSlide 33

Americans Debate Involvement

  • America Favors Isolation

  • Theories behind why the U.S. became involved in WWI

  • Interventionists Urge Support for the Allies

  • Neutrality Act of 1939 – cash and carry provisions

The coming of war 1931 1942Slide 34


  • Isolationists Argue for Neutrality

  • Trade would automatically involve the U.S., argued The America First Committee

  • Roosevelt inches toward involvement with the Tripartite Pact – making allies of Germany, Italy, and Japan

Should the u s enter world war iiSlide 35

Should the U.S. Enter World War II

Isolationist Viewpoint








Interventionist Viewpoint








Make a list of both viewpoints using your text.

The coming of war 1931 1942Slide 36

Checkpoint: According to interventionists, how would aiding the Allies actually keep the United States out of war?

America takes steps toward warSlide 37

America Takes Steps Toward War

  • Lend-Lease Act – authorized Roosevelt to “sell transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend, or otherwise dispose of, to any such government any defense article”

The coming of war 1931 1942Slide 38


  • Atlantic Charter – document that endorsed national self-determination and an international system of “general security”

  • U.S. Navy Battles German U-Boats

Checkpoint how did the united states support the allies after roosevelt s reelectionSlide 39

Checkpoint: How did the United States support the Allies after Roosevelt’s reelection?

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