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A Reluctant Nation

In Europe the end of World War I (1914–18) had brought peace but not prosperity. Dire economic problems arose in Germany after its defeat in the war, and these difficulties opened the door for Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

U.S. involvement in World War II required massive production of war materials. Here, a woman loads powder into bullet cartridges at a Pennsylvania arsenal. AP/Wide World Photo. Reproduced by permission. U.S. involvement in World War II required massive production of war materials. Here, a woman loads powder into bullet cartridges at a Pennsylvania arsenal. AP/Wide World Photo. Reproduced by permission.

Hitler promised to return Germany to power through military expansion. At the same time, a weak civilian government in Japan was replaced by the Japanese military, which harbored desires to expand into China and other East Asian areas. Poor in natural resources, Japan wanted control over resources located in neighboring countries. In the United States, President Roosevelt kept a watchful, worried eye on the gathering international storm. He had little...

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