Noah RowsellHiggins CJanuary 21stMilitarism, Nationalism, and Imperialism set the stage for WWII Japan, Italy and Germany all set the stage for World War II. Militarism, Nationalism and Imperialism all also played roles in WWll. In both World War One and World War Two, Imperialism, Nationalism and Militarism were the leading causes to start both wars. World War Two had begun in September of 1939. World War One and World War Two had both an increase in military power, imperialism along with national pride. Strong nationalism movements played a role mainly in World War One, yet were still a major cause in 1939. Militarism was raising fastest in Japan. The Japanese had the highest militarism in prewar years thanks when Hirohito took the throne. Soon, in Japan, the pro-democracy movement had came about. With a rising militarism and a failing economy and several assassinations, they needed change. Hirohito was the nation’s highest spiritual authority. Hirohito had taken over during a time of democratic sentiment, until Japan later turned toward ultra-nationalism and militarism. During World War Two, Japan had attacked all of its Asian neighbors. Japan had allied themselves with the Nazi Germany party. The Japanese were the ones to launch a surprise attack at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, the U.S. Naval base. Later on, in the year of 1945, Japan had surrendered from World War Two. Hirohito became a person with no political power anymore. On September 1940, Japan had signed the Tripartite Pact. The Nazi Germany party along with Fascist Italy had also signed. They were going to work together as a pack, if one of the countries was under attack. Extreme Nationalism was another leading factor in World War One along with World War Two. The Treaty of Versailles had causes nationalism to start. Many countries were left out or received the short end of the stick in this deal. Countries wanted to pursue self interest and also prove their rise to power. The German Workers Party, otherwise known as the Nazis is a great example of this. They had grown into a major party since Nationalism was already in their minds after World War One. In 1918, Germany was started out as a Free Committee for all German workers. The party was built after opposition of the Treaty of Versailles. Japan had grown rapidly with Imperialistic mindsets. The Empire of Japan was a known as a modern industrialized nation. Japan always had the upper hand in military since World War One. From the years 1931-1945, Japan had pushed hard to expand their territory. Japan had always had conflicts with the United States along with China, their rapid expansion gave them a better chance at World War Two. It was not easy for Japan to change. They faced changes with their political, social status and economic status until finally having enough Industrial power. Even after World War One, Japan, Italy and Germany all equally set the stage for World War II. Imperialism, Nationalism along with Militarism all were parts of both wars as well. Each country gained new territory, opened up new ideas for World War Two and proved their ability to overcome depression while continuing to add onto history. Who knows what World War Three will bring us.