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Introduction In 1939 the world witnessed the beginning of arguably the most devastating of all combat in the history of mankind World War II The conflict would ravage the entire European continent and far beyond extending into the far reaches of the planet stretching from the lands of the African continent and waters of the Atlantic to the Philippine islands in the Pacific Previously tensions had arisen with Germanys annexation of Austria in March of 1938 along with the German crisis in Czechoslovakia Further Japan had invaded China in 1937 after overtaking Manchuria in 1931 In August of 1939 German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler had negotiated to provide a partition of Poland to Soviet Russia prior to its invasion in addition to other smaller territorial provisions to be taken under the Iron Curtain The Axis referring to the aggressive expansionist ensemble of fascist and militaristic regimes included Germany Japan and later Italy Facing off with the Axis in 1939 were the Allies whose members included principally and among others Great Britain and France At the outset of the war the United States had taken a neutral stance before joining the Allies after the Japanese attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor on December 7th of 1941 Americas hesitancy was shaped by various factors namely the desire to avoid entanglement in European affairsthe conviction that intervention in World War I was wrong and the focus on domestic issues during the Great Depression The following shall analyze and explain why the United States did not enter World War II until December 8th of 1941 and advocates of American intervention were not able to do so previous to Pearl Harbor To obtain a clear understanding of Americas late entry one must firmly grasp the pertinent aspects of US history in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II The United States became the forum for A heated nationwide debate between isolationists who
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