The Road to World War II

The Road to World War II

This classic documentary series follows the events that inevitably sparked World War II, capturing the drama, the excitement and the juxtapositions of these crucial years between the end of World War I and Pearl Harbour.
16 Episodes
The Road to World War II - Italian-Ethiopian War

Italian-Ethiopian War

The short-lived but brutal Italian-Ethiopian War leads to an examination of Italian Fascism, the character of Mussolini and how he came to power.
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The Road to World War II - Great Depression, Foreign Affairs

Great Depression, Foreign Affairs

The Depression is a traumatic national experience which shatters U.S. self-confidence and paralyzes foreign policy, thus leading to further isolationism.
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The Road to World War II - Spanish Civil War

Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War was a microcosm of the ideological conflict of this century.
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The Road to World War II - The Recognition of Russia

The Recognition of Russia

From the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 until the Roosevelt administration officially recognized the USSR in the first detente in 1933, American relations with the Soviet Union were mistrustful and hostile.
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The Road to World War II - Japan Invades China

Japan Invades China

In 1937 Japan was bent on establishing an empire. By mid-1941, Roosevelt had enforced a total embargo and in the face of this pressure, the Japanese government decided to force the United States into war.
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The Road to World War II - Phony War

Phony War

As the Nazis sweep over Europe and launch their air attack on Britain, American public opinion waivers between desire to help Britain or fight to maintain neutrality.
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The Road to World War II - FDR and Churchill

FDR and Churchill

The close personal friendship between Roosevelt and Churchill had a profound effect on the history of the Western world.
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The Road to World War II - America in the Pacific

America in the Pacific

Japan emerged from World War I as a major power but American diplomats made little effort to understand the Oriental mind or engage with them during peace time.
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The Road to World War II - Intervention in the Backyard

Intervention in the Backyard

FDR's The Good Neighbor Policy, his greatest foreign policy success, was a key development in reversing the U.S. imperialistic attitude toward Latin America.
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The Road to World War II - War Comes to Pearl Harbor

War Comes to Pearl Harbor

FDR knew that he could not lead a divided nation into war and that the only way the US could enter the war to aid Britain was to be attacked.
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The Road to World War II - First Salt Talks

First Salt Talks

The forces favouring peace through disarmament clash with the forces for peace through military strength.
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The Road to World War II - Return to Isolationism

Return to Isolationism

The ultimate failure of Woodrow Wilson as he destroys himself in his desperate struggle for the League of Nations.
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The Road to World War II - FDR and Hitler: Dynamics of Power

FDR and Hitler: Dynamics of Power

Both Hitler and Roosevelt appreciated the value of mass communications.
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The Road to World War II - FDR and Hitler: Rise To Power

FDR and Hitler: Rise To Power

The individual does matter in history - a contrast of the style of FDR and Hitler shows how technological change and individual charisma can change history.
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The Road to World War II - Radio, Racism, Foreign Policy

Radio, Racism, Foreign Policy

Disillusioned by the horrors of World War I, the US tries to isolate herself from the rest of the world.
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The Road to World War II - Versailles

Versailles

The Paris Peace Conference was a story of aspirations, schemes, farces and tragedies as well as the collision of two irresistable forces.
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