Radcliffe Takashi Onishi
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What country was the worst in the World War 2?
WW1 turn Europe into the main battlefield. In comparison, WW2, Asia (etc.) became a battlefield, and many countries were involved. Do you think what caused the worst, including the country, organization, individuals? I think that World War II is hard to say which country was bad. Especially, I think that there is a gap also in the eyes of the victorious side and the defeated nation. So I hope to find various perspectives.
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The Soviet Union, for a flagrant disregard for human rights both before, after and during the war
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Japan (Imperialism)
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America for their post-war involvement in preventing war criminals being bought to justice
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America for using the war to intentionally test weapons of mass destruction
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the victorious WWI country
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The cause of WW2 is Nazi Germany.
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The Soviet Union, for a flagrant disregard for human rights both before, after and during the war

Although the Soviet Union suffered the highest number of casualties in the Second World War some of the worst atrocities in history were carried out by the Soviet Union around the time of the Second World War. Furthermore, the Soviet Union's rejection of Imperial Russia’s signing of The Hague Convention served to justify them in committing numerous war crimes. This also served to rationalise the mistreatment of Red Army POWs by the Nazis, in much the same ways as the formidable reputation of the imperial Japanese army encouraged Allied soldiers to become increasingly brutal over time.

Prior to the onset of the Second World War the Soviet Union, under the paranoid authoritative dictatorship of Joesph Stalin, a long string of some of the worst crimes against humanity had already been committed. After taking power forcefully in 1924 following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Stalin quickly began a large scale campaign of political repression, that lead to 1,500,000 arrests and over 600,000 deaths. Most historians agree that throughout the 1930’s alone Stalin’s actions, and indeed criminal negligence, lead to the deaths to somewhere between 9 and 11 million people. This estimate combines direct repressive killings by the Stalin regime, premature deaths of the extensive prison, concentration camp, and exiled citizen population, and unthinkable amount of planned starvation, the worst of which being the Holodomor in Ukraine. The Soviet Union were involved in the beginning of the war, signing a mutual non-aggression pact with the nazi’s and then extending their territories to include, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, parts of Romania and East Poland. This came with a large number of massacres in this new territory as Stalin had begun implementing a scorched Earth policy in 1941.

The total number of life lost at the hands of the Soviet Union is highly debated and very difficult to attribute an accurate number to. The wide scale and level of violence, torture, starvation and disappearances are so far reaching it is almost unfathomable, this makes the Soviet Union the worst country not only in World War Two but quite possibly in the history or war.

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Prior to the onset of the Second World War the Soviet Union, under the paranoid authoritative dictatorship of Joesph Stalin, a long string of some of the worst crimes against humanity had already been committed. After taking power forcefully in 1924 following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Stalin quickly began a large scale campaign of political repression, that lead to 1,500,000 arrests and over 600,000 deaths. Most historians agree that throughout the 1930’s alone Stalin’s actions, and indeed criminal negligence, lead to the deaths to somewhere between 9 and 11 million people. This estimate combines direct repressive killings by the Stalin regime, premature deaths of the extensive prison, concentration camp, and exiled citizen population, and unthinkable amount of planned starvation, the worst of which being the Holodomor in Ukraine. The Soviet Union were involved in the beginning of the war, signing a mutual non-aggression pact with the nazi’s and then extending their territories to include, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, parts of Romania and East Poland. This came with a large number of massacres in this new territory as Stalin had begun implementing a scorched Earth policy in 1941.
Japan (Imperialism)

Japan carried out an imperial conquest and increased its colonies in Asia. Japans military expansion started in the late 19th century acquiring first control over Taiwan and later Korea moving into areas of Northeast China, which began the first Sino-Japanese war in 1895. The Empire acquired more territory following the removal of the German colonialism following the First World War, and later used the Second World War to colonise most of South-East Asia. As a result, many Asian countries struggled for liberation from imperialism and began to confront the Empire of Japan.

Japan's military expansion started in the late 19th century first acquiring control over Taiwan and later Korea, moving into areas of Northeast China which began the first Sino-Japanese war in 1895. The Empire acquired more territory as a result of the end of German colonialism following the First World War, and later used the turmoil of the Second World War to colonise most of South-East Asia. Prior to World War Two Japan had signed treaties and the treatment of POWs was to the standards proposed by the League of Nations Treaties. However due to the increasing culture of militarisation imperial Japan’s treatment of enemies, POWs, and colonised citizens became worse in time.

Furthermore, Japan's imperialistic policy hurt many civilians. Even now, many people have a searing memory of Japanese imperialism and the numerous massacres and war crimes that came with it. Ultimately, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and started a brutal war (WW2).

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Japan's military expansion started in the late 19th century first acquiring control over Taiwan and later Korea, moving into areas of Northeast China which began the first Sino-Japanese war in 1895. The Empire acquired more territory as a result of the end of German colonialism following the First World War, and later used the turmoil of the Second World War to colonise most of South-East Asia. Prior to World War Two Japan had signed treaties and the treatment of POWs was to the standards proposed by the League of Nations Treaties. However due to the increasing culture of militarisation imperial Japan’s treatment of enemies, POWs, and colonised citizens became worse in time.
America for their post-war involvement in preventing war criminals being bought to justice

America’s involvement in complicating war crime trials, lead to many war criminals escaping prosecution, including high ranking nazis and Japanese chemical/biological warfare scientists. Since the end of the Second World War, certain projects have been declassified, such as America’s Operation Paperclip, that repatriated nazi officers guilty of war crimes in an attempt to gain access to cutting edge German rocket technology. Similar operations were put into place to pardon Japanese physicians guilty of horrific human experiments during the war. American post war censorship and cover ups went further than hiding war criminals though. Recent declassified documents have demonstrated that the American State Department also covered up Soviet involvement in the Katyn Massacre in Poland, in order to maintain diplomatic relations with the Russians while fighting the Japanese and nazi Germany.

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America for using the war to intentionally test weapons of mass destruction

It is widely held by historians that Japan was on the verge of surrender following large scale bombings of Japanese cities with conventional arms by America. Several historical revisionists recognise the US desire to instil fear in the Soviets and curb the expansion of communism. It is also recognised to have failed when you consider the fact that the Soviet Union then fast tracked their development of nuclear weapons, carrying out their own tests just four years later.

America’s choice to drop atomic bombs on civilian populations then could be described more as a weapons test, not with the goal of ending the war but to send a message to the world, that its military was technologically dominant and it would dominate the post war period. The two most shocking events in WWII were genocide and the use of weapons of mass destruction on civilians. The latter horrific act should be recognised with as much gravity as genocide, but America has never even come close to recognising the victims, never mind an apology; and the US perpetuates this hero narrative claiming the use of atom bombs on japanese civilians ended the Second World War.

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It is widely held by historians that Japan was on the verge of surrender following large scale bombings of Japanese cities with conventional arms by America. Several historical revisionists recognise the US desire to instil fear in the Soviets and curb the expansion of communism. It is also recognised to have failed when you consider the fact that the Soviet Union then fast tracked their development of nuclear weapons, carrying out their own tests just four years later.
the victorious WWI country

The Versailles Treaty of the victorious WWI country was too strict in Germany, which caused the German economy to become rough and enabling the rise of the Nazis.

France in particular was especially overzealous in trying to cripple the German economy in return for on-going boarder issues. Although historians still debate whether the allies demanding reparations of 132 billion gold marks (US$33 billion) was fair or not. However, it is undoubtable the the economy was a large part of hitlers assent into power.

While the allied powers may not have committed the worst atrocities in the Second World War, they may well be the root cause of the whole conflict. While economic sanctions or reparations may not seem as openly violent and aggressive compared to warfare (or indeed war crimes) when used to cripple a countries economy the consequences can be both aggressive and violent.

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While the allied powers may not have committed the worst atrocities in the Second World War, they may well be the root cause of the whole conflict. While economic sanctions or reparations may not seem as openly violent and aggressive compared to warfare (or indeed war crimes) when used to cripple a countries economy the consequences can be both aggressive and violent.
The cause of WW2 is Nazi Germany.

Under the Weimar Constitution, Hitler formed the Nazi Party and led Germany again to rearmament, and caused social change in the country, with Hitler turning economic worries into ethnic hatred.

Nazi Germany invaded neighbouring countries like Poland, France, and the Soviet Union... This resulted in the extension of war across Europe, a war in which German Forces carried out hundreds of massacres that constitute war crimes. Not to mention committing one of the worst organised mass murders in history, killing six million Jews, Romani, Serbs, Poles, criminals, prisoners, and disabled people in the name of Eugenics.

Furthermore, the development of the atomic bomb, which promptly progressed, was caused by the fact that the United States was so concerned about the development of the situation in Europe caused by Nazi Germany.

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Under the Weimar Constitution, Hitler formed the Nazi Party and led Germany again to rearmament, and caused social change in the country, with Hitler turning economic worries into ethnic hatred.
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