U.S. History--WW II Causes

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Vocabulary from www.brainpop.com "Causes of WW II" and from "America's History: Land of Liberty", chapter 28: The Beginning of World War II

fascism

a political system headed by a dictator that calls for extreme nationalism and racism and no tolerance of opposition

Allied Powers

World War I alliance of Great Britain, France, and Russia, and later joined by Italy, the United States, and others.

Treaty of Versailles

The agreement that ended WWI. Germany was strongly punished by this treaty.

reparations

As part of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was ordered to pay fines to the Allies to repay the costs of the war. Opposed by the U.S., it quickly lead to a severe depression in Germany; NOUN

Adolph Hitler

german leader of Nazi Party. 1933-1945. rose to power by promoting racist and national views

patriotism

the love of one's country; the feelings that inspire a person to serve his or her country; NOUN

appeasement

Satisfying the demands of dissatisfied powers in an effort to maintain peace and stability; try to "please" the troublesome one to keep the "peace"; NOUN;
appease=VERB

Axis Powers

in World War II, the nations of Germany, Italy, and Japan, which had formed an alliance in 1936.

annex

take (territory/land) by conquest or force; VERB

embargo

a government order preventing trade with another country

totalitarianism

a form of govenment that controls almost every part of people's lives,including political,economic,cultural,religious,and social activities

communism

a political system in which the government owns all property and dominates all aspects of life in a country

nationalism

pride in and loyalty to a nation and put its interests above all others

imperialism

policy of powerful countries seeking to control the economic and political affairs of weaker countries or regions

militarism

a political goal of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggresively to defend or promote national interests

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