The various European countries invaded and colonised the African countries to gain power over their neighbouring countries This caused lots of tension between the countries and is one of the causes of world war 1.
Cuban missile crisis in 1962 was the closest the world ever came to a nuclear war; when an American U2 spy plane took photographs of Soviet intermediate ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads, sending a total of 42 medium range missiles and 24 intermediate range missiles to Cuba.
• The Sudetenland led Stalin to make the Nazi-Soviet Pact, because he believed he could not trust Britain. This drawing by the British cartoonist David Low (20 March 1935) is titled 'Cause comes before effect'. (Four days earlier Hitler had held his 'Freedom to Rearm' military rally where he denounced the disarmament clauses of the Versailles Treaty and announced the reinstatement of conscription in Germany.) Click here for the interpretation 4. Hitler was expansionist • Many historians still think that the Second World War was Hitler's personal war, and that he always intended to fight a war - as a re-run of a First World War he did not believe that German had lost fairly.
It is my opinion that if the attention and military resources of all the world's other major military powers were not committed to the European war against Hitler's Germany, Japan would have kept its military aggression limited to its never ending war in China, which between and 1931 and 1945 consumed the majority of the resources and attention of the Japanese army and remained Japan's original and main goal.
More ideas The Great Depression as a cause of war - BBC debate-podcast on what caused the war Building up German Hegemony in Central Europe, 1933-8 - very detailed and difficult Historians have suggested many reasons why World War Two broke out in 1939. However, have you realised that the World War II was the culmination of the inter-war period, and that your whole course of study has been building up to understanding it?