Pre WWII timeline Scheetz Period 1

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Kellogg Briand Pact

1928

made aggressive war illegal.
0-1 on scale

5 year plans beginning in USSR

1928 - 1932

USSR begins to try and catch up with the rest of the world and industrialize militarily. No true affect on war, but helps USSR get ready for war if necessary.
1 on scale

Great Depression

1929 - 1932

Starts in US then by 1931-2 hits global Scale
goes from 1.5 to about 2.5 on scale pushing towards war

Manchurian Crisis (Mukden Incident)

1931 - 1932

Japan has Railroads in Manchuria. Japanese frame the Chinese for bombing the manchurian railroads --> allows them to fight in Manchuria and take control
3 on the scale of leading towards war

Geneva Disarmament Conference

1932 - 1934

More pushing towards peace, disarming nations and restricting military build up.
0-1 scale on pushing towards war

Hitler Becomes Chancellor

1933

Very influential towards war - 4 on scale

Stalin's Purging of His own People

1934 - 1940

More effect on Cold War because it gives people a certain mindset of how they view Stalin, but no great effect on leading to WWII.
1 on the scale

Mussolini Invades Abyssinia

1935 - 1936

No one really wants Abyssinia, but it does show that western powers won't react to expansion.
about a 1 on the scale leading towards war

Building of Maginot Line

1935 - 1940

France drew a direct line that if crossed, they would enter war.
2 on the scale

1st US neutrality Act

1935

.75 on the scale of heading towards war

Stress Front

1935

Italy makes nonaggression treaty with West and agree to oppose German changes to Versailles Treaty
1 on scale leading towards war

Spanish Civil War

1935 - 1939

caused rift in western Europe. If fascism had been established in Madrid, France would be done.
3 on scale towards war

Reoccupation of the Rhineland

1936

Germany retakes the Rhineland
about a 2 on scale leading towards war

Anti Comintern Pact

1936

The Comintern is a global organization. No one is really against it, it has little effect on the western powers.
1-1.5 on the scale leading towards war

Marco Polo Bridge Incident

1937

One of leading factors in Second Sino- Japanese War
initiated eastern influence in WWII
2 on the scale

Rape of Nanking

1937 - 1938

It shows humanitarian violations and the west doesn't respond, but doesn't have much effect leading to war.
1 on the scale

Hossbach Memorandum

1937

Hitler's summary of war strategy and how he wanted to go about the war.
3 on the scale leading to war

Munich Conference

1938

Hitler sees this as a greenlight to expand into Eastern Europe and allows him more territory and resources.
4.5 on the scale leading towards war

Molotov Ribbentrop Pact

1939

soviet non aggression pact; gives Hitler reassurance that he won't have to fight a two front war.
2.5 on scale leading to war

German Invasion of Poland

1939

Britain and France declare War on Germany. Starts war in Europe.
4 on the scale

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

1941

Gave FDR and US public legitimate reason to go to war. The war was already imminent, so i'm not sure how to rank it as leading to war, but 2.5