Between the Wars: 1918-1941 (1978): S01E05 – The Great Depression and Foreign Affairs


History Documentary hosted by Eric Sevareid, published by PBS in 1978.

Repackaged as “The Road to World War II” (2011) by Questar, Inc. and available on DVD in 2011. Also known as The Road to Pearl Harbour, 1919-1941 (alternative title, US).

Series explores the political and diplomatic events and crises between World War I and World War II.


The Depression is a traumatic national experience which shatters US self-confidence and paralyses foreign policy, thus leading to further isolationism. The world-wide depression gives rise to national dictators, but we are so preoccupied with domestic problems that we ignore the threat. President Hoover is not equipped to deal with the national crisis. The London Naval Conference insults Japan and when the Japanese invade Manchuria, a preoccupied US does nothing.

Between the Wars: 1918-1941 Series

You can find a full index and overview of Between the Wars: 1918-1941 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 April 1978.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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