World War II was caused by a wide combination of interrelated
factors. Since the purpose of this website is to be brief in order to
maximize comprehension, the flow of events leading to WWII can be
"told" through a graphical flowchart.
If you prefer the typical linear timeline to understand the sequence of events, there are many available on the web.
Basically, aggression by Germany, Italy, and Japan led to the war.
Most of those in the US wanted to avoid going to another war at all cost and the physical separation of the US from Europe and the Pacific Theatre further supported this view. Although remaining neutral in name, the US began providing assistance to the Allies in the form of war loans and war materials. The US even took part in the Atlantic Charter where military strategy and "common principles" were discussed.
Pearl Harbor Links:
Pearl Harbor Remembered (Created to honor the memory of Pearl Harbor survivors, this site contains vivid descriptions of actual events as told by people that were serving on different U.S. ships.)
The Attack on Pearl Harbor (An essay describing the events that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the bombing itself and the aftermath. This site surprises you with an embedded sound file that starts up after the page is loaded.)
USS Arizona (Vast amounts of information, history, photos and sound recordings of the battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor. From the University of Arizona Library.)
Pearl Harbor - Mother of All Conspiracies:
(Chronology of events that warned of Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into the Second World War.)
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