From Isolation to World War (1930-1945)
The isolationist approach to foreign policy meant U.S. leadership in world affairs diminished after World War I. Overseas, certain nations saw the growth of tyrannical governments which reasserted their power through aggression and created conditions leading to the Second World War. After Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II, which changed the country’s focus from isolationism to international involvement. (Ohio's New Learning Standards: Social Studies)
World War II Propaganda
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Professor Allison Gilmore, The Ohio State University
Professor Gilmore's area of expertise is American military history. She is the author of You Can't Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Allied Psychological Warfare against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southwest Pacific (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998), a study of Allied propaganda operations designed to undermine Japanese military morale during the Pacific War. Dr. Gilmore is currently working on a book analyzing the roles and mission of the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, an intelligence agency comprised primarily of Japanese-American linguists who performed a multitude of intelligence functions during the war with Japan and the occupation period.
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