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chapters 30 31 the great depression world war ii and decolonization

Chapters 30-31: The Great Depression, World War II, and Decolonization

AP World History

Mr. Bartula

the 1920s temporary prosperity
The 1920s: Temporary Prosperity
  • Optimism and prosperity in the 1920s led many to hope that large scale conflict could be avoided.
  • This hope ended abruptly in October, 1929, with the onset of the Great Depression.
the great depression s causes
The Great Depression’s Causes
  • After effects of World War I
  • Overproduction
  • Tariffs and other trade barriers
  • Stock market crash
  • Bank failures in the US and other countries
responses to the great depression
Responses to the Great Depression
  • The enormous economic decline led many western governments to take greater control over their nation’s economies.
  • Many saw the Depression as evidence that democratic governments and capitalism were incapable of solving problems or meeting the needs of modern society.
us reaction to the depression
US reaction to the Depression
  • Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt the US enacted a reform program known as the New Deal.
  • The New Deal expanded government powers and regulated the US economy more closely than ever before.
  • Programs such as Social Security were designed to help Americans through the worst effects of the Great Depression and, it was hoped, prevent another.
western european reactions
Western European Reactions
  • Social Democratic governments were elected in Scandinavia. They were socialist but democratic.
  • In England, the Labour Party took power
  • France’s government was led by the Popular Front, a mixture of socialist and moderate parties.
  • These governments attempted to help end the Depression by taking more power over their economies
the soviet union
The Soviet Union
  • Because its economy was independent and did not depend on external trade, the Soviet Union had few economic troubles during the 1930s.
  • Joseph Stalin boasted that this demonstrated the superiority of socialism over capitalism, and some Westerners agreed.
  • Stalin’s Five Year Plans and focus on heavy industry and militarization made the Soviet Union a powerful force.
  • Japan had fought on the Allied side during World War I, but was disappointed with its treatment by the other powers afterwards.
  • By the 1930s, military leaders or warlords had taken power.
  • Japan began to construct the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, promising “Asia for the Asiatics.”
  • After World War I Germany’s economy was devastated, its territory shrunken, and its military force depleted.
  • Many Germans felt their country had been badly treated by the Treaty of Versailles, and were eager for revenge.
  • The Great Depression made Germany’s situation worse, and many Germans looked to new leadership.

The “Stabbed-in-the-Back” Theory

Disgruntled German WWI veterans

adolf hitler
Adolf Hitler
  • Born 1889, Austria
  • Obsessed with German racial superiority
  • Anti-Semitic
  • World War I veteran, took leadership of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) in early 1920s
  • Attempted to seize power in 1923, but was imprisoned.
  • Wrote Mein Kampf
  • Appointed Chancellor after Nazis won the German elections in January, 1933.
the third reich
The Third Reich
  • By 1934 Hitler had taken total power and become Der Fuhrer, or “The Leader” of Germany
  • He began to remilitarize Germany in defiance of the Versailles Treaty.
  • Anti-Semitic Decrees first separated the Jews from the Germans, then began to limit their rights, eventually leading to the Holocaust.
the road to world war ii
The Road to World War II
  • Many point to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in Northern China in 1931 as the true beginning of World War II.
  • During the 1930s, Mussolini’s Italy invaded and conquered Ethiopia, Japan continued to invade and conquer China, and Germany made aggressive moves towards war
  • The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1938 was another omen of greater conflicts to come.

Appeasement: The Munich Agreement, 1938

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain

Now we have “peace in our time!” Herr Hitler is a man we can do business with.


Rome-Berlin Axis, 1939

The “Pact of Steel”


The Nazi-SovietNon-Aggression Pact, 1939

Foreign Ministers von Ribbentrop & Molotov


Poland Attacked: Sept. 1, 1939

Blitzkrieg [“Lightning War”]


Pearl Harbor - Dec. 7, 1941

A date which will live in infamy!


The Italian Campaign [“Operation Torch”]:Europe’s “Soft Underbelly”

  • Allies plan assault on weakest Axis area - North Africa - Nov. 1942-May 1943
  • George S. Patton leads American troops
  • Germans trapped in Tunisia - surrender over 275,000 troops.

Normandy Landing (June 6, 1944)

German Prisoners

Higgins Landing Crafts


Horrors of the Holocaust Exposed

Entrance to Auschwitz

Crematoria at Majdanek


Horrors of the Holocaust Exposed

Slave Labor at Buchenwald


Horrors of the Holocaust Exposed

Mass Graves at Bergen-Belsen


Hitler Commits Suicide April 30, 1945

Cyanide & Pistols

The Führer’s Bunker

Mr. & Mrs. Hitler


V-E Day (May 8, 1945)

General Keitel


The Manhattan Project:Los Alamos, NM

I am become death, the shatterer of worlds!

Major GeneralLesley R. Groves

Dr. Robert Oppenheimer


Hiroshima – August 6, 1945

  • 70,000 killed immediately.
  • 48,000 buildings. destroyed.
  • 100,000s died of radiation poisoning & cancer later.

Nagasaki – August 9, 1945

  • 40,000 killed immediately.
  • 60,000 injured.
  • 100,000s died ofradiation poisoning& cancer later.
india gains independence
India Gains Independence
  • Between World Wars I and II, agitation for Indian independence increased.
  • Mohandas K. Gandhi continued to advocate satyagraha nonviolent noncooperation or passive resistance
  • During World War II the Indian National Congress led the “Quit India” movement
  • The Muslim League advocated cooperation with the British war effort.
last viceroy of india
Last Viceroy of India

Lord and Lady Mountbatten

jawarharlal nehru
Jawarharlal Nehru
  • Ally of Gandhi.
  • 1st Prime Minister of India, 1947-1964.
  • Advocated Industrialization.
  • Promoted “Green Revolution”.
  • Mixed Economy.
  • Nonaligned Movement.

Indira Gandhi

  • Nehru’s daughter.
  • Prime Minister of India, 1966-1984.
  • Continues Nehru’s policies.
  • Faced corruption charges & internal rebellion.
  • Assassinated in 1984.

Rajiv Gandhi

  • Indira’s son.
  • Prime Minister of India, 1984-1989.
  • Some reform of economy and government.
  • Also faced rebellion.
  • Assassinated in 1991 while campaigning.


  • Led briefly by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
  • Prime Minister Ayub Khan.
  • Dangerous combination
    • Was not prepared to rule in 1948.
    • Strong Islamic fundamentalism.
    • Impoverished.
  • Pakistan divides in 1972
    • W. Pakistan = Pakistan
    • E. Pakistan = Bangladesh

Benazir Bhutto

  • First Woman Prime Minister, 1988
    • Ousted in 1990, 1993 on corruption charges.
    • Assassinated Dec.27, 2007
  • Nawaz Sharif
    • Ousted three times.
    • Struggle between modernizers and fundamentalists.

Gen. Pervez Musharaff

  • Coup d’etat.
  • Secular government against Islamic fundamentalists.
  • U.S. ally in the “War on Terror.”
decolonization in africa and asia
Decolonization in Africa and Asia
  • After World War II nationalist demands for independence increased in the colonies
  • Western nations were no longer strong enough to maintain control of their empires
  • Some European countries managed to end their empires peacefully. The Dutch pulled out of Indonesia in 1948. The British turned their Empire into the British Commonwealth of Nations
  • France struggled to maintain its empire and fought a series of conflicts in Algeria and Indochina before finally pulling out.
  • By the mid-1960s most of Africa was independent. The last European nation to give up its colonies was Portugal in 1980.
the four worlds
The Four “Worlds”
  • First World: industrialized liberal democracies with market economies
  • Second World: dictatorships with Marxist command economies
  • Third World: non-aligned nations (post- Cold War: developing nations)
  • Fourth World: non-self-supporting nations dependent on the First and Second Worlds
non settler vs settler colonies patterns of decolonization
Non-Settler vs Settler Colonies: Patterns of Decolonization
  • Colonies which had few European settlers were allowed to gain independence quickly
  • Kwame Nkrumah practiced passive resistance and economic boycotts in Ghana.
  • By 1960 the British had pulled out and granted independence.
non settler vs settler colonies patterns of decolonization103
Non-Settler vs Settler Colonies: Patterns of Decolonization
  • Kenya was a colony with a substantial population of British citizens. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Jomo Kenyatta led a guerrilla war style conflict against the British. The British called this the Mau Mau Rebelliion, the Kenyans refer to it as their war for independence.
  • In 1965 Britain pulled out of Kenya. Kenyatta became President, and Kenya has had fairly good racial relations since
white resistance to african independence
White Resistance to African Independence.
  • Rhodesia, ruled by a white minority, seceded from the Commonwealth in 1965 rather than accept majority rule.
  • In 1980, it returned to the Commonwealth, accepted majority rule, and became Zimbabwe.
  • Until the late 1990s, it also had good race relations
  • President Robert Mugabe has encouraged confiscation of white owned land and businesses and terrorism against white residents.
white resistance to african independence105
White Resistance to African Independence.
  • South Africa’s apartheid regime remained in power until the early 1990s.
  • Brutal laws mandated racial segregation and other restrictions.
  • In 1994, Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid leader, was elected the first majority-rule President of South Africa.
problems of the new african nations
Problems of the new African nations
  • Lack of an infrastructure and middle class
  • Little or no industry and technology
  • Artificial borders dating from the colonial period, with no recognition of historic and cultural differences
  • Democratic governments were often overthrown and replaced with military dictatorships.
  • Neocolonialism meant continued economic dependence on the West
nigeria colonial borders creating conflict
Nigeria: Colonial borders creating conflict
  • Oil rich nation with large population
  • Former British colonial borders include many different hostile ethnic and tribal groups.
  • Religious differences: Muslim north, Christian south.
  • Worst conflict: Late 1960s, the Ibo tribe attempted to form separate nation of Biafra. This led to a two year long civil war.
the middle east after world war ii
The Middle East after World War II
  • Most Arab nations became independent during or shortly after World War II
  • In 1948, the nation of Israel was established, supported by the United Nations, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
  • War broke out as Israel’s Arab neighbors attempted to destroy the new country. Israel defeated the Arabs and expanded its territory.
  • Palestinian refugees became an immediate and lasting problem

Israel Becomes a Nation:May 14, 1948

Chaim Weizmann,1st President

David Ben-Gurion,1st Prime Minister


Arab Refugees, 1948

The Palestinian Diaspora begins!

israeli arab conflicts since 1948
Israeli-Arab Conflicts Since 1948
  • 1956 Suez Crisis
  • 1967 Six Day War
  • 1973 Yom Kippur War
  • 1987-Present: Palestinian Intifada
  • Camp David Accord 1979
  • Oslo Agreement 1994