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The Split History of World War II: A Perspectives Flip Book

The Split History of World War II: A Perspectives Flip Book

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The Split History of World War II: A Perspectives Flip Book

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82 pages
44 minutes
Sortie:
Sep 1, 2012
ISBN:
9780756546915
Format:
Livre

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When World War I ended in 1918, it was called, "the war to end all wars." But it wasn't. Unsettled issues and resentments festered for the next 20 years, culminating in the outbreak of war in Europe and Asia in the 1930s. The Axis powers, led by Germany, Italy, and Japan, joined to fight the Allies, led by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. Both sides were determined to rule the world, but only one can succeed.
Sortie:
Sep 1, 2012
ISBN:
9780756546915
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Simon Rose is a musician, author and researcher from London, England based in Berlin, Germany. He performs on baritone and alto saxophones in numerous collaborations and as soloist. He also collaborates beyond music with dancers, visual artists, mixed media, built instruments, site specific performance and more. His research interest is in creative processes.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ALLIES PERSPECTIVE

CHAPTER 1

PRELUDE TO WAR

CHAPTER 2

1939–1940: THE EARLY DAYS

CHAPTER 3

1941: THE ALLIES EXPAND

CHAPTER 4

1942–1943: THE TIDE TURNS

CHAPTER 5

THE WAR AT HOME

CHAPTER 6

1944–1945: VICTORY

INDEX


AXIS PERSPECTIVE

CHAPTER 1

THE BEGINNINGS OF WAR

CHAPTER 2

1939–1940: AXIS EXPANSION

CHAPTER 3

1941: A TRULY WORLD WAR

CHAPTER 4

1942–1943: GERMANY STUMBLES

CHAPTER 5

THE WAR AND THE CIVILIANS

CHAPTER 6

1944–1945: THE DECLINE OF THE AXIS

INDEX


SHARED RESOURCES

SOURCE NOTES

GLOSSARY

INTERNET SITES

TIMELINE

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

FURTHER READING

CHAPTER 1

PRELUDE TO WAR

D ecember 7, 1941, dawned as a typical Sunday at the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Many sailors were on shore leave, some were still in bed or eating breakfast, and a few were on duty aboard the warships docked in the harbor.

At 7:55 a.m. that peaceful day was shattered. Japanese planes roared through the sky over the harbor, raining deadly bombs in a surprise attack. Two hours later more than 2,400 Americans were dead, and the United States was plunged into the most devastating war the world has ever seen—World War II.

Japanese bombs sank the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor.

BEGINNINGS OF WAR

World War II actually began in September 1939, but the United States managed to stay out of it until the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. allies such as France and Great Britain, however, were part of the war from the beginning.

The seeds of the war were sown more than 20 years earlier, at the end of World War I. When the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, many people breathed a sigh of relief. After years of fighting and more than 15 million deaths, the world was at peace.

But not everyone was pleased—especially the Germans, who lost the war. The treaty forced Germany to give up much of its territory and all of its colonies. Germany was also forced to pay for the cost of the conflict. Resentment at the treaty terms would be a key part of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, the Nazis.

Germany did have one ally—Italy. Although Italy had a king, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini ruled the country as a dictator. In 1936 Italy and Germany signed a treaty of friendship. Mussolini described the treaty as a Rome-Berlin axis. The alliance between Germany and Italy would later be known as the Axis powers.

TRYING TO AVOID WAR

In Britain and France, people were against more conflict. Political parties in these countries were divided on how to deal with the new threats to peace. When Hitler began flexing Germany’s military muscle, Britain and France did their best to negotiate to try to prevent war. Negotiation often meant giving in to German demands.

In 1938

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