Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Causes of WW II - Session 1

Mike Roberts


Wednesdays, September 7 – October 5 (five weeks)

4:15 – 5:15 pm



How could it have possibly happened? The horrific casualties and economic chaos at the end of World War I made another war unthinkable.  Yet barely 20 years later the same countries were at war again, with even more horrific results.  The course will examine the events and personalities involved in the build-up to World War II. Topics covered will include World War I and its effects on Germany, other European nations and the United States; Mussolini and the Italian fascist movement; Germany’s economic and political chaos; the rise of Hitler and the Nazi movement; the Nazi takeover of all aspects of German life; the aggressive expansionism of Hitler’s Germany; the factors which led to weakness and timidity on the part of other European powers – and to their failure to take action when Hitler could have been easily stopped and forced from power.