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World War II
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According to the vast majority of historians, the Second World War started on September 1, 1939, i.e. the day of the German invasion of Poland. This belittles the relevance of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45, which is then often viewed as a regional event. No central role is accorded to Asia until Pearl Harbor and the start of the Pacific War. 1939 was no doubt a significant year. Despite the Treaty of Munich (September 1938), British "appeasement policy" proved ineffective with regard to Germany's expansionist plans. It was no…

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Samarani, Guido, “World War II”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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