AmericanInvolvement in WWII
Fromthe time of the Spanish American war until the Cold war, the UnitedStates went from relative isolation to increased internationalinvolvement because it had business interests in Cuba. Theconsequences on American society on that greater involvement werethat it emerged as the most powerful nation in the whole world, andbegan its involvement in the affairs of other countries.1Since then to date, America has always been recognized as a powerfulcountry capable of solving probing domestic affairs of othercountries. Even in the First World War, which was majorly in Europe,America took a part in it in 1917. However, America was not wellprepared for the war that left the nation under great depression,which ended after the Second World War.2
TheUnited States intervened in the Second World War, which was spurredby German, Italy, and Japan when Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor.When the events that led to the Second World War began, Americachoose to become isolated until the tension rose and Japan attackedthe Pearl Harbor. This was the beginning of America’s involvementin the Second World War, where it played a great role and emergedvictorious once again. Before then, America supported its allies,France and the Great Britain, by selling weapons of war.
America’sattitude towards the events that led to the Second World War changedwhen Hitler expanded his territory and took over France, an ally ofAmerica. This got America nervous and it began to build a strong armyin preparation. In 1941, America joined arms with the Great Britainto declare the purposes of the war as a means of fighting fascism.However, even at this point, America did not release its army for waruntil Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor. Japan was in constant conflictwith the western imperialist nations. The attitude of these nationsprovided a favorable ground for Japanese imperialism and militarism,which spurred the Second World War. Japan feared that the westernnations would over power it because of their superior technology andstrong military and naval.3This was bad news to Japanese, who believed that they were destinedto control the entire Asia. Further, Japanese involvement in war wasspurred by economic interests. Japan had suffered the greatdepression and was thus willing to maintain its trade with othercountries through export markets. As such, Japanese became aggressiveand ready to fight any westerners that threatened their well beingtherefore, the attack of Pearl Harbor.4
German’sreign and hostilities further provoked the United States. In 1945,events that would end the Second World War took place. America, underthe leadership of Stalin, unleashed its armies, several tanks, andaircrafts with the aim of fighting Germany. The Germans thought theywere well prepared but to their surprise, America had an intelligentarmy with an added advantage of more sophisticated war weapons. Thesoviet army surrounded the city placing them at a strategicadvantage. They fought from street to street and house to housetowards Hitler. They defeated the Nazis army without much ado andwhat was left was for the German to surrender defeat. Hitler was notthe kind of person that could easily accept defeat. The soviets armysurrounded Hitler’s quarters bombing and ruining it.5This marked the end of Hitler’s life and reign and the end of theSecond World War.
Itis notable that America interference in the Second World Warcontributed greatly to its end.6America had a superior army and several weapons of war. The nationwas against the dictatorial mode of ruling by Hitler, and how heviolently attacked other nations without a cause. If he were to beleft on his own, Hitler would have conquered more nations and killedseveral people. The war would have intensified and perhaps it wouldhave lasted for a longer period of time. As such, America deemed itnecessary to intervene. It allied with the countries that werefighting against the Nazis. The defeat of the Nazis was the end ofthe Second World War that shook the entire world. World peace wasfinally attained thanks to soviets army alliance with American army.
Onceagain, America played a great role in international affairs. Thebeginning of American involvement began with the Spanish Americanwar.7Its interference in the Second World War showed that America wasconcerned in international affairs and that it was a super country.America became respected by many nations that saw its efforts to endthe Second World War. Even today, America continues to play a greatrole in the international affairs meant to restore peace andstability.8It has maintained a superior military and naval that is believed tobe the best in the world. Aided by use of technologically advancedwar weapons and intelligence, American army continues to play a greatrole in international affairs. It fights for justice and against thewrong doers despite the objections of the enemy countries.
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2 Frank , Lovell. The Cataclysm: World War II and the History of American Trotskyism. Week 8 https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/fit/catawwii.htm week 5
3 Gordon, B. Japan’s March Toward Militarism. http://wgordon.web.wesleyan.edu/papers/jhist2.htm (2002). week 8
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5 Germany in Defeat, 1945. EyeWitness to History. www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2006). Week 8
6 Jenkins, Philip. Decade of Nightmares The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
7 US History. The Spanish-American War and its Consequences. http://www.ushistory.org/us/44d.asp week 7
8 Niebuhr, Reinhold, and Andrew J. Bacevich. The Irony of American History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.