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CHQ:WasWWIIavoidable?Wasitpossibletominimizethelossesofthewar?

UsingHindsightActivity
Event Description(Brief) WhatmighttheUnitedStatesand/oritsallies WhydidnttheUnitedStatesand/oritsallies
havedonetopreventtheevent? takeactiontopreventtheevent?

TreatyofVersailles The harsh Treaty of Versailles created tension The treaty could have invited Germany (and other There was a large movement to practice
between major Western powers and Germany Axis power) for their opinion isolationism in the United States.
in the 1920s and early 1930s. The
enforcement of the treaty led to economic The treaty could have shared the responsibility of U.S. was in poor economy because of the Great
crisis and social pressures in Germany that paying the war debts since Germany is not the cause Depression
contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler. of the World War I
Allies were in poor economy because of the
The punishment could have been less harsh for damage of the war, and they wanted Germany to
Germany pay for all those damages and other war crimes

U.S. could have provided economic support to


Germany

GrowingNaziThreat By 1936 Hitlers Nazi military was the most The punishment could have been less harsh for U.S. was under poor economy due to the Great
powerful in Europe. Hitler had forged an Germany. Depression
alliance with fascists in Italy and Japan,
moved troops into the Rhineland in violation Many Americans felt negative feeling against
of the Treaty of Versailles, and was foreigners and interviewing in foreign affairs after
supporting a fascist revolt in Spain. World War I

JapaneseImperialism Japanese imperialism affected many areas of Allies could have negotiated with Japan not to attack Many Americans felt negative feeling against
Asia, including Manchuria, a Chinese territory Manchuria foreigners and interviewing in foreign affairs after
rich in mineral reserves that were important World War I
for supporting the military. The invasion of
Manchuria was marked by the indiscriminate Allies didnt want to get Japanese into the
killing of unarmed civilians. opposing side along with the Germany and Italy

MunichAgreement In 1938 Hitler met with British prime minister The British could have not made this agreement British was worried that Hitler would declare war
Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain appeased on them if they didnt negotiate with him
Hitlers demands for territory in
Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland.

U.S.Isolationism In spite of the threat of fascist aggression, the U.S. could have prevented the Great Depression by U.S. was under poor economy due to the Great
United States pursued a policy of isolationism not engaging in excessive credit purchase, Depression
throughout the 1920s and 1930s. over-speculation in stock market, and
Many Americans felt negative feeling against
foreigners and interviewing in foreign affairs after
World War I

TheBombingof On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese navy U.S. could have stayed neutral, as it officially Nobody knew that Japan had this plan in mind
PearlHarbor and air force attacked the American fleet at declared, instead of trading unfairly in favor of Allies
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Within three days the
United States had declared war with Japan,
Germany, and Italy.