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Significant world events* The Ecumenical Movement
Europe
Allied troops withdraw from Rhineland

Americas
First World Cup finals held in Uruguay
Military revolution in Brazil

South Asia and the Middle East
Protests against the salt tax in India

East Asia and the Pacific
Communist revolt in Indo-China (Vietnam)

1930
Europe
Formation of Spanish Second Republic
Collapse of banks leads to recession
National Government in Britain

Americas
Hoover suspends war-debt repayments

East Asia and the Pacific
Japan occupies Manchuria

1931
Europe
Nazis take largest share of German parliament

Americas
Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay

South Asia and the Middle East
Formation of Saudi Arabia

East Asia and the Pacific
"Manchukuo" republic established by Japan in China

1932
Europe
Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

Americas
Roosevelt introduces New Deal

East Asia and the Pacific
Japan resigns from League of Nations

1933
Europe
Foiled coup by Austrian Nazis
Hitler takes title of Führer

East Asia and the Pacific
Start of "Long March" of Chinese Communists
Japan declares "Amau doctrine" to claim a sphere of influence

1934
Europe
"Stresa Front" formed against German aggression
Franco-Soviet Pact
Public declaration of German rearmament

Africa
Italy invades Abyssinia

1935
Europe
German reoccupation of Rhineland
Start of Spanish Civil War
"Great Terror" in Russia
Rome-Berlin Axis

Americas
US declares "good neighbour" policy at Pan-American Congress

Africa
Anglo-Egyptian Alliance - British garrison Suez
Italian troops enter Addis Ababa

South Asia and the Middle East
Arabs revolt against Jewish immigration in Palestine
Oil discovered in Saudi Arabia

East Asia and the Pacific
Japanese military take over government
Japan signs anti-Comintern pact with Germany

1936
Europe
First jet engine
Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister
Start of Soviet show trials

Americas
Invention of nylon
Congress passes neutrality laws
"New State" in Brazil

Africa
Tunisian uprising against France

East Asia and the Pacific
Sino-Japanese war starts

1937 Oxford Life and Work conference
Edinburgh FOC meeting
Europe
Germany occupies Austria
Munich conference dismembers Czechoslovakia

South Asia and the Middle East
Death of Atatürk

1938 Utrecht Ecumenical conference
Madras IMC conference
Europe
German occupation of Prague
Nationalists win Spanish Civil War
German-Soviet non-aggression pact
Germany invades Poland
Britain and France declare war on Germany

Africa
South Africa votes to fight with Britain against Germany

South Asia and the Middle East
India declares war on Germany

East Asia and the Pacific
Russian forces defeat Japan at Khalkin Gol
Australia & New Zealand enter war against Germany

1939
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