Timelines and Related Documents


Timelines
Historical Timeline   Comprehensive chronology of events regarding WWII from 1938 to 1941.  This is a general timeline which presents a chronology of major events which led to the outbreak and escalation of WWII between 1938 and 1941.  The timeline is designed as a historical chronology.  Indexed by month and year.
Diplomatic Timline   Comprehensive timeline of major diplomatic events from 1938 to 1941, as defined and compiled by the U.S. Department of State (Dec. 14, 1941). This timeline, because of its focus on diplomatic developments relevant to the U.S. interest, is at once more more detailed and less comprehensive than the more general, historical timeline above.  Though much of the information in the two timelines is repetitive, a not-insignificant amount of information is new.  Though I have not provided commentary on it, the ability to have both timelines side by side is both necessary in order to present all of the relevant information and enlightening for the differences between what the State Department considered relevant in 1941 and a later chronology of events drawn from a historical perspective.  Indexed by month and year.
Summary of Major U.S. Policy Changes   Summary of major events and changes in U.S. policy between the outbreak of WWII and Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor. This summary focuses exclusively, and in more detail, on the major events and policy changes leading up to the U.S.'s entry into the war.  It has been designed to work in conjunction with the a two timelines above.  The events on the topic-focused sumary have been linked to the corresponding dates on both of the above timelines.  This allows for a more focused comparison of the two timelines and sets the U.S. policy changes within the larger context of events in the developing war.  Links will be both to the Historical Timeline  and the Diplomatic Timeline. 
Other Miscelaneous Documents
FDR's Foreign Policy Speeches   Index to FRD's evolving speeches and statements on foreign policy, isolationisn, war, and U.S. (non)involvement (1933-1942). These speeches present a compelling picture of the subtle evolution of FDR's foreign policy, both as an indication of his own changing priorities and as a means of charting how national and world perceptions of the U.S.'s role were undeniably shaped by FDR's characterizations.
'37 Neutrality Act   Excerpts from the 1937 Neutrality Act
Repeal of the '39 Neutrality Act   The repeal of certain sections of the 1939 Nuetrality Act (1941)
War Declarations, Presidential Address to Congress, Presidential Address to the Nation   From the Congressional Reccord, Dec. 8, 1941 to Dec. 10, 1941, Declarations of War, Presidential Address to Congress, Presidential Radio Address to the Nation, indexed.
Lend-Lease Act   Lend-Lease Act (1941)
Hague Convention on Rights and Duties of Netural Powers in Naval War   Laws of War:  Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers in Naval War (Hague XIII); October 18, 1907
Hague Convention on Rights and Duties of Netural Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land   Laws of War:  Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land (Hague V); October 18, 1907