The Bell Tolls for War
In This Chapter
◆ Hitler begins to revoke the Versailles Treaty by rearming
◆ The United States withdraws into an isolationist shell and refuses to intervene to influence events in Europe
◆ Mussolini’s fascists set an example for Hitler in both ruthless domestic politics and aggressive foreign policy
◆ Japan joins Germany and Italy in seeking to expand its borders and power
◆ Spain dissolves into civil war and nations choose sides
The Western powers were not alarmed when Hitler came to power. As we saw in the last chapter, Germany had been disarmed, it was mired in a depression, and the new German leader was focused on consolidating his grip on power. Although anyone who read Hitler’s writings or listened to his ...