The World Since 1945

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WWI

1914

World War I breaks out between the Entente and the Central Powers

World War I

1914 - 1918

Wilson/Lenin

1917

President Wilson intervenes on the side of the Entente; the Bolsheviks led by Lenin take power in Russia

End of WWI

1918

World War I ends with Entente victory

14 Point Peace Plan

1919 - 1920

President Wilson presses the 14-point peace plan on the Entente partners; the U.S. Senate rejects participation in the League of Nations

Japan Invades

1931

Japan invades China's northeastern provinces (Manchuria)

Japan/China

1937

Japan and China go to war.

Nonaggression Pact/German Invasion

1939

Germany and the Soviet Union sign nonaggression pact; Germany's invasion of Poland plunges Europe into war.

German Invasion

1940

German invasion of France

U.S. entry into WWII

1941

Germany invades the Soviet Union; Japanese attack Pearl Harbor bringing the United States formally into World War II