Week 7 Lecture :“World War II “Good War/Bad War”
Week 7 Lecture :“World War II “Good War/Bad War” History 1302
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This is our first lecture since we took our midterm I hope you all did well and found my notes and study material to be very useful Week 7 s Lecture quotWorld War 11 Good War Bad Warquot ID American Isolationism Throughout the great depression isolationist sentiment reigned across America as a strenuous focus on the domestic economy and disillusionment left over from WW1 fed opposition to foreign entanglement it was within this context that a series of threats to world peace arose as japan Italy and Germany all belligerently sought to expand their influence and territory at the expense of nearby peoples Yet even as these aggressors represented an increasing threat to western civilization the American public remained strongly isolationist ID Adolph Hitler gained power in Germany by exploiting the psychological injuries inflicted on Germans by WWI tapping into an ugly strain of antiSemitism in German culture he blamed many of the nations economic woes on German Jews in addition he attacked the treaty of Versailles which had saddled Germany with heavy reparations According to Hitler Germany could rise anew and reclaim her position as a world power in the nation were purged of Jewish traitors freed from arduous reparation payments and rescued from the emasculating disarmament ID World War II Pt 1 President Roosevelt responded to Hitler s assault on Western Europe be declaring neutrality yet he also took a number of steps designed to Help Britain Even so it wasn39t until December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that the US entered the war As a result all the nations activities farming manufacturing mining trade labor investment communications even education and cultural undertakings were geared toward the war effort ID Pt 2 In the first few months after the US entered the war the outlook for victory was bleak Nevertheless with the successful DDay invasion of France the US helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in Europe And in the Pacific the US forced Japan to surrender after the dropping of two atomic bombs ultimately WWII witnessed more death cost more money damaged more property affected more people and caused more farreaching changes than any other war in history ID Americas Post War Destiny By using the atomic bomb to defeat japan the united states virtually guaranteed a postwar arms with the soviet union in fact in the post war world Americans imagined themselves as the global agent of freedom in lethal combat everywhere with a single terrifying antagonist communism in other words many American believed that the time had come for the us to mobilize and direct the forces of good vs evil an imagined destiny that lingers to this day