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By Barbara Bigelow

Provides fifteen excerpts from fundamental assets on the topic of global struggle II, together with speeches, diary entries, newspaper bills, novels, poems, and memoirs.

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At the time, a single ruler called a czar exercised unlimited power over the Russian people. ) By the turn of the century Stalin had joined Russia’s Social Democratic Party (the political party opposed to the czar). When a militant, or more extreme, wing of the party developed, Stalin became an active member. Members of this more aggressive, radical wing were known as the Bolsheviks. They led the Russian Revolution of 1917, which resulted in the overthrow of the czar and the formation of the communist Soviet Union.

Hitler took advantage of this chaos and suffering. He promised the German people that their nation would rise up from disgrace and become all-powerful. World War II can be viewed as another struggle for power, an attempt by the Germans to shake off past defeats and achieve European—and eventually world—domination. In August 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, an agreement that the two 6 World War II: Primary Sources countries would not fight each other. On September 1, 1939, only a week after the pact went into effect, Hitler launched a German attack on Poland.

Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island Dominions: Self-governing nations of the Commonwealth, namely Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. 16 World War II: Primary Sources or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free.

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