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How far do I think Hitler was to blame for causing World War II?

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How far do I think Hitler was to blame for causing World War II? Though Hitler was one of the main causants of the war, he doesn't hold all the blame. One of the main reasons was the Versailles Treaty. The Versailles Treaty destroyed Germany ten times more after it had suffered the First World War and it caused chaos everywhere. Germany suffered hyperinflation, a decrease in trade, and overall misery. People of all classes were crushed. In Mein Kampf, Hitler exposes the main ideas he had when he came power. These were: 1. The destruction of the Treaty Of Versailles. This would allow Germany to rearm and regain lost territory. 2. To gain territory (living space) for Germany in eastern Europe. This would a war in order to defeat Soviet Bolshevism. 3. To include all German-speaking people in his proposed 'Third Reich', especially those living in Austria, the Sudeten area of Czechoslovakia and Danzig. 4. To create a 'racially pure' German state that would be the most dominant power in Europe. It's evident he had always wanted to exterminate Germany from foreign and religious groups who weren't catholic, but he hadn't idealized the Final Solution just yet. ...read more.

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Hitler's actions were seen as understandable and justifiable. When Germany began re-arming in 1934, many politicians felt that Germany had a right to re-arm in order to protect herself. It was also argued that a stronger Germany would prevent the spread of Communism to the west. In 1936, Hitler argued that because France had signed a new treaty with Russia, Germany was under threat from both countries and it was essential to German security that troops were stationed in the Rhineland. France was not strong enough to fight Germany without British help and Britain was not prepared to go to war at this point. Furthermore, many believed that since the Rhineland was a part of Germany it was reasonable that German troops should be stationed there. In May 1937, Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister of Britain. He believed that the Treaty of Versailles had treated Germany badly and that there were a number of issues associated with the Treaty that needed to be put right. He felt that giving in to Hitler's demands would prevent another war. This policy, adopted by Chamberlain's government became known as the policy of Appeasement. ...read more.

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When the world was hit by depression in the late 1920s countries were reluctant to lose trading partners to other non-member countries. The League had no army either, a reason why it didn't do anything against the Japanese invasion in China. Soldiers were to be supplied by member countries. However, countries were reluctant to get involved and risk provoking an aggressive country into taking direct action against them and failed to provide troops. The League was also comprised of many members who couldn't agree on one thing. The Council of the League of Nations only met four times a year and decisions had to be agreed by all nations. When countries called for the League to intervene, the League had to set up an emergency meeting, hold discussions and gain the agreement of all members. This process meant that the League could not act quickly to stop an act of aggression. Hitler was merely an advocate of all this tumult and he took advantage of the harsh situation Europe was in. Hitler could not have done what he did without a country in turmoil. He was simply a man in the right place at the right time, and would never have made it into history books if Germany's condition had been better. Words: 853 ...read more.

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