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How far was the challenge to Versailles between 1933-36 a reaction to events rather than a consequence of ideology?

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How far was the challenge to Versailles between 1933-36 a reaction to events rather than a consequence of ideology? Plan * Versailles: how it affected Germany * What was his ideology * Appeasement: what it was, why did they follow it, how did Hitler take his chance? * What happened between 33-36 * Opportunist or planned? The treaty of Versailles had made a massive impact on Germanys military and economic resources. Germany was hit hard and forced to also sign the War Guilt Clause. Most Germans hated Versailles, as the country became weak and useless, many people thought it should be overturned however, nobody had the power to do it and nobody wanted to risk war. ...read more.

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The German occupation of the demilitarised Rhineland in 1936 went unopposed by France who controlled the area after Versailles, largely because they had no capability to use force to stop Hitler. The relative un-readiness of Britain and France (the Allies) for war (and their inability to wage it), their memories of WW1, fear of future devastation from the bomber and genuine belief that Hitler could be negotiated with as a responsible statesmen, explain their adoption of the policy known as Appeasement. They were many short-term causes for World War 2, however they were all mainly a consequence of Hitler's reaction to certain events, not a carefully laid out plan. His is proved by the fact that Hitler had no precise timing of the programme and it was not defined. ...read more.

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However, luckily enough for Hitler the Italian invasion of Abyssinia diverted all attention away from Hitler and Germany. The opportunity to destroy Versailles settlement was presented to Hitler. A leader as ruthless as him did not let such an opportunity as good as this to pass him by. However, the destruction of Versailles was not just an opportunity taken, it was the root of Hitler's ideology, it was also of primary importance politically. I feel that an element of his ideology was planned and thought out, however this plan could only be acted upon once presented with the correct opportunity occurred for him to be able to get away with it. Both planner and Opportunist was Hitler, and he made great use of the opportunities that arose as to reach his ideology of a 'Greater Germany'. ...read more.

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