War and Uneasy Neutrality
|Before Roosevelt's second term was well under way, his domestic program was overshadowed by the expansionist designs of totalitarian regimes in Japan, Italy, and Germany. In 1931 Japan had invaded Manchuria, crushed Chinese resistance, and set up the puppet state of Manchukuo. Italy, under Benito Mussolini, enlarged its boundaries in Libya and in 1935 conquered Ethiopia. Germany, under Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, militarized its economy and reoccupied the Rhineland (demilitarized by the Treaty of Versailles) in 1936. In 1938, Hitler incorporated Austria into the German Reich and demanded cession of the Germanspeaking Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. By then, war seemed imminent...|
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Follow-up essay question: In your opinion, was it wise of Franklin Roosevelt to ally himself with Winston Churchill before the United States was formally involved in the war? Explain your answer.
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