• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Causes Of The Second World War

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Causes Of The Second World War 24/6/01 There are many reasons for The Second World War, many people think it is due to Hitler, his beliefs and his obsession with a greater Germany. Hitler was elected to power from a public of desperate Germans, they were still angry with the Western world for forcing them to sign the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler promised to avenge the 'November Criminals' and restore Germany to its former glory. He did indeed want to improve Germany state of affairs although his policies where different from what many expected. Hitler wanted to unite all 'pure' German-speaking people, he also wanted lebensraum (living space) in order to gain self-sufficiency (autarky) as well as total domination of Europe and The World. The western world was terrified of Communism, Britain and France aloud Hitler to build up his army because they hoped The Nazis would keep Communism at bay. Hitler used conscription (forced the public to join his army) to get a huge force. ...read more.

Middle

Nothing was done as The First World War had left many dead and Europe did not wish to go through it all again. The British Prime minister, Neville Chamberlin (shown on left) travelled to Germany to make an appeasement with Hitler. He would allow Hitler to take some land in return for peace. Some say Neville Chamberlin knew Hitler would not stick to this but that he was merely buying time for Britain's empire to get ready. Chamberlin aloud Hitler to take over the Sudatenland then later the rest of Czechoslovakia. The appeasement took place from May of 1937 to March of 1939. Churchill (Britain's future Prime Minister) had noticed the line 'Germany must regain lands in the East ... by the power of the sword' in Hitler's book Mein Kampf and expected a war. France was unlikely to try and interfere with The Nazis because they couldn't rely on Britain and America's support. Has they tried these three forces could of probably stopped The Second World War before 1939. ...read more.

Conclusion

In March 1939 Hitler forced Lithuania to give him Memel (where most people spoke German). The British Appeasement Policy could still work as long as Hitler took German-speaking places. Soon after Hitler threatened to bomb Prauge (The Czechs capital city) so they surrendered. Czechoslovakia is not a German-speaking place, so The Appeasement Policy had failed. Chamberlin began to rearm Britain. Hitler soon did take control of Poland, in September of 1939, using the 'blitzkreig' technique. This is a bombardment by air first and then land forces. By September the third Chamberlin sent a message threatening war with Germany if Hitler did not leave Poland. On 3rd September, Britain, followed by France, declared war on Germany. As my conclusion I would say that Adolf Hitler's views and obsessions were mostly to blame for The Second World War. Although other factors which include the British and French passiveness to start another war and the worlds fear of Communism are also partly to blame. All in all Hitler and The Nazi party were looking for a war, The western world was not, this is why The Nazis are more to blame than Britain, France and America. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. To what extent can it be argued that appeasement was the cause of the ...

    Vienna is the centre of all the communications of all the countries, which formed the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and all of the countries lying to the south east of Europe. ...The mastery of Vienna gives to Nazi Germany military and economic control of the whole of the communications of south Eastern Europe, by road, by river, and by rail.

  2. The Italian Conquest of Abyssinia: How far was the LoN to blame?

    In addition, since the LoN did not really like Mussolini (his ideas went against it and the fact that he had found out their plan through the Hoare-Laval pact) meant that oil bans could have been an excuse to get back at Italy.

  1. What Were the Reasons For the Outbreak of the Second World War?

    As I mentioned earlier on, Hitler had known that if there was any British or French military presence in the Rhineland, then his forces would not have a chance. And in Munich in 1938, the Allies deserted Czechoslovakia who, with a little help, could have put up a substantial resistance to a German invasion.

  2. What were the causes of World War II?

    Nazis are fascists: basically they are the exact opposite of the communist Russian. Hitler blamed the Russians for Germany's defeat in WWI and feared that Russia was preparing a takeover. He was firm about destroying communism at any costs, even though it meant war with Russia.

  1. How did Appeasement lead to the outbreak of the Second World War ? The ...

    It was just a pity they had to fight in the end, exactly what Chamberlain wanted to avoid. Although, I can see that Chamberlain was sort of right in doing what he did, otherwise I'm sure that there could have been quite a great chance of losing the war as a result of lack of force (army etc.).

  2. British Policy of Appeasement May 1937 - March 1939.

    entry of the German army into Belgium, to serve as the railway junction for reinforcements and supply, could be accepted.' 'Schlieffen did not consider it out of the question, in view of the then [1905] political situation, as he judged it, that German diplomacy might succeed on the outbreak of

  1. What Were the Causes of the 2nd World War.

    A dramatic reduction in spending on defence in the early 1930's until 1936 Britain spending on defence began to rise. But this further weakened Britain's ability to stand up to Hitler. The Depression also influenced France which took longer to have an impact, as the French economy depended less on international trade.

  2. The Causation of the Second World War

    With his mother he went to Vienna hoping to become an architect, but had to earn his living as assistant to a house-painter and by selling indifferent sketches. After spending a few years in Vienna he left to settle in Munich in 1912.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work