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'No one factor can adequately explain the cause of world war two' Discuss

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'No one factor can adequately explain the cause of world war two' Discuss: This statement is totally correct in that no one factor alone can sufficiently explain how the conditions needed for world war two were created. There are a great range of factors which we need to identify and show how they all link together or overlap. All these causes reinforce each other and can be split into short, medium or long term causes. These key causes are; the failure of the league, consequences of the treaty of Versailles, Hitler's foreign policy, the great depression, appeasement, Nazi Soviet pact and the invasion of Poland. The failure of the league in the 1930's led to a number of consequences and could be described as a long term cause. The leagues main aim was peace through collective security but it became apparent that it could not uphold this during the Abyssinian/Manchurian crisis. The leagues weakness was exposed in that it could not stand up to aggressors leaving dire consequences for the victims of this aggression. These weaker nations were left defenceless and became preoccupied by other powers. These nations realised they could no longer look to the league for security. Aggressors, on the other hand, kept their stolen territory and faced no penalty and this encouraged them to take further aggressive actions. ...read more.

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The threat of war was looming as Germany did exactly that and were starting to become a major power once again. The startling fact is the ease in which Hitler destroyed the treaty and went against the terms set out without any punishment. Hitlers foreign policy could be described as a short, medium or long term cause. Hitlers foreign policy was only Hitler trying to reunite his nation, some would say. Needless to say Hitler was allowed to put this into action. There was nothing stopping him and he was given the wrong message in that he wasn't prevented from carrying it out. Britain and France were not prepared to fight Germany as they were self-consumed so Germany were encouraged to go even further. Hitlers foreign policy led to war as nations were getting aggravated and each called upon allies to help them. All the allies went to war and Hitler had created a world of disruption. Germany had united again with Austria (Anschluss) thus making it stronger and more able to invade. The fact that Germany had Mussolini and Italy as an ally gave them added confidence when invading as they knew they had backup. A medium or long cause was the depression. The great depression was the main reason why Hitler rose to power. ...read more.

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The invasion of Poland was the spark that lit the fuse for world war two. Hitler knew that in this invasion there would be no direct interference from any other great power. The Nazi-Soviet pact led to the war because Hitler was able to invade Poland and spark the war off. Now we can see how all these causes interlink. The failure of the league links with the depression as the depression made the work of the league more difficult. Failure of the league links to the treaty of Versailles as Hitler effectively destroyed it making the league seem unable to deal with extremism. The depression led to Hitlers foreign policy as he came to power from desperation of the German nation for change. Appeasement led to Hitlers foreign policy as the wrong message was conveyed to him. A message of the leagues weakness so he took advantage feeling no action would be taken. Nazi-Soviet pact led to Hitlers foreign policy because Hitler had an ally and was more confident because he had more freedom to invade as he knew he'd be free on the Eastern front. The Nazi-Soviet pact was a secret arrangement that went against the treaty of Versailles and helped destroy it. The treaty of Versailles links to the depression as Hitler could make more demands as he was in a badstate to get reductions of the terms of the treaty. ...read more.

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