What are the sequence of events in the 1930s that led to WWII?

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Jan 16, 2016

You need to go back to 1914 to have a proper explanation.


Many historians, myself included, consider WW2 the continuation of WW1.

For Germany you need to look at the terms of the treaty of Versailles and the general mood of its defeated military, in particular Adolph Hitler himself. But he was not alone, Herman Goring and others fought in WW1 and felt betrayed by the Kaiser and others.

Then you have to look at the European economy and the German economy separately during the 1920s. Also you need to consider the Weimar Republic (Germany) and its impact on event that happened in the 1930s.

The world economic crisis of the 1930s plus the extreme economic crisis of Germany gave Hitler everything he needed to assume power. That and his book "Mein Kampf."

In the east you have to look at the rise of militarism in Japan and its desire to rule the far east. This too started in the 1920s and gained force in the 1930s.

The question is far too complex go be answered here so you might want to ask more specific questions.