Traces growing world unrest following the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 including the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy, expansion into Manchuria by Japan and collapse of the false prosperity of the 1920's.
Germany overwhelms Poland in 26 days and by 1940 Hitler rules Western Europe. Britain stands alone, and a pact between Japan, Germany and Italy creates a formidable alliance in the early days of World War II.
Video — 1 film reel (14 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 1/2 in.
By the end of the 1920's world prosperity is over. Japan occupies Manchuria and begins a war with China. Hitler leads the Nazi Party to power and the Rome-Berlin "Axis" is formed. Italy invades Ethiopia and Germany invades Austria, then Poland. It is 1939 and World War II has begun.
2d ed. - Chicago, IL : Coronet Films & Video, 1983.
Video — 1 film reel (18 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.
Describes the prevailing belief during the summer of 1914 that the war would be a short one and the gradual reevaluation as the world's first mechanized conflict became mired in trench warfare and battles without decisive victory. Also presents quotations from Hitler, De Gaulle, and Churchill which reveal the personal impact of World War I.