The world war II begins in 1939 in Europe and expanded to America at the 1941 proved a decisive turning point for United States and indeed for the whole world. The WWII changed America from a nation of provincial innocents, ignorance of the great world into a nation that would often have bear the burdens of rescuing that world. World War II
World War II During the 1930s, Adolf Hitler repudiated the Treaty of Versailles and boldly reasserted Germany's military power. The Nazi leader took Germany out of the League of Nations; formed an alliance with Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini; and began a series ofterrztorialseizures that culminated with the invasion of Poland in 1939, which plunged Europe into war. Throughout these events the United States stood on the sidelines, and President Roosevelt declared the nation neutral at the outset of World War II. But after France fell to the German onslaught in June 1940, Roosevelt resolved to save England at all costs. Isolationists in Congress had passed Neutrality Acts in the mid-1930s that restricted American trade with belligerents. Now Roosevelt convinced Congress to permit the sale of arms to England on a "cash-and-carry" basis. He arranged to transfer fifty destroyers to Great Britain in exchange for long-term leases on several British bases in the Americas.
It is a commonplace that if Britain and America had stood up to the dictators in the 1930s the Second World War would never have happened. Winston Churchill dubbed it "the unnecessary war," and the first volume of his war memoirs took as its theme "how the English-speaking peoples, through their wisdom, carelessness and good nature, allowed the wicked to rearm." With hindsight it is easy to castigate the leaders of both countries for their blindness to the dangers that threatened them and for a complacency that at times seems almost supine. It is harder to step back, to see the threats as they saw them at the time, and to understand the constraints that made effective Anglo-American cooperation so difficult. World war II