Why World War 2 Started ?  

World War 2 officially started on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland and most other nations which were part of the British Empire and Commonwealth declared war on Germany. However, the question is Why World War 2 Started ?.

It all goes back to the end of World War I when Germany was forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles and this caused the country to lose nearly 14 percent, banned it from annexing other states, limited the size of the German armed forces and forced the country to pay huge compensations. However, other events were taking place throughout Europe with Russian Civil War creating the formation of Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin; Benito Mussolini seizing power in Italy and promising to create a new Roman Empire; the Kuamintang Party in China started a campaign to unify China and thus taking on the might of the regional warlords only to have a civil war against the Chinese communists; and finally militarily inclined Japanese Empire wanted to influence China in its path to conquer Asia.

In addition, in 1933, Adolf Hitler declared himself Chancellor of Germany and abolished democracy and espoused a radical racially motivated thought process. With Germany growing in strength, Britain, France and Italy felt threatened. Soon Hitler repudiated the Treaty of Versailles and started rebuilding Germany's military strength. This garnered a lot of support from the German people as they felt shortchanged after World War I.

Ultimately one can say that World War 2 started because of nationalistic fervor, unresolved issues from World War I and the reaction of the United States to the expansion of the Japanese Empire in the Far East in 1930s.

However, the triggers for starting World War 2 were the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in 1939 and the invasion of China by Japan in 1937. This led to most nations declaring war or armed resistance against Germany, Japan and their allies.

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