The United States fought Germany, Austria-Hungary and other members of the Central powers in World War I. America's primary enemy was Germany due to several of its actions designed to shift the war to its advantage. The main factors that contributed were the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram.Know More
German U-Boat submarines sank a British transatlantic liner, the RMS Lusitania, on May 7, 1915. The ship was carrying 128 American passengers. Up until this point, German submarine warfare was unrestricted. After a warning from President Wilson about violating international law concerning submarine warfare, the Germans relented but proceeded to attack merchant ships that were carrying goods to the United Kingdom and other Allied nations.
The other cause for the United States' entry into World War I was the Zimmermann Telegram. This was a telegram Germany sent to Mexico, urging Mexico to become Germany's ally and attack the United States' southern border. In return, Germany promised to provide Mexico with its former territories of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. President Wilson received the note from the United States embassy in Great Britain and made the note public. The American public and Congress then resolved to go to war against Germany.Learn more about World War 2
Britain and France's political approach to Germany in the aftermath of World War I likely opened the door for the aggression that caused World War II, according to the Stanford History Education Group. There is no way of knowing if a different approach could have resulted in a different outcome, but it can be argued that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement emboldened German leadership's desire to gain territory.Full Answer >
There were several political influences that led to World War II, including the fascist Nazi party politics of Nazi Germany, isolationism and the economic collapse of European countries and the United States. Perhaps the most influential factor was the rise of Adolf Hitler as the leader of Nazi Germany, since he orchestrated the dangerous political policies that took place.Full Answer >
The Holocaust had many effects on the world, including millions of displaced Jews, financial problems in Germany, the destruction of a social class, struggling cities and worldwide outrage. The effects of the Holocaust can still be seen in the world today.Full Answer >
World War II officially started in Europe in 1939, following the Polish invasion by Adolf Hitler and prompting Britain and France to formally declare war against Germany. The United States joined the Allied forces in 1941.Full Answer >