Reflection

After the simulation, discuss with the class and write a short position statement about the following issues:

Would Germany have accepted a settlement? What does the evidence suggest were Hitler's war aims, both long and short term? What information was available about these aims to the real players at the time? If Germany had accepted a settlement, would it have really brought peace?

How did the issues of imperialism connect to the war? How did the probable loss of the Empire impact Britain's decision making?

What did Japan do to further its aims in all this? How did the issues of imperialism fit into Japan's thinking? What were the social stresses in Japan resulting from the rapid modernization after 1868?

Is peace simply the absence of war, temporarily arranged from crisis to crisis, or is there more to it?

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