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Reasons for WW2

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"Hitler's expansionist foreign policy was the most important cause for World War 2." How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. Hitler's expansionist policy was one of the reasons for the start of World War 2. Hitler wanted to unify all German people. Especially after WW1, he felt he had the right to self determination. He wanted to be the champion and defend the rights of the Germans. For example, he wanted Austria who majority were German speaking people, to reunite with Germany. Furthermore, it was his homeland and this gave him more reason to want this. The sudentenland in Czechoslovakia also were majority made up of German speaking people and they also wanted union with Germany. ...read more.

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He felt that the terms of the Treaty had been very unfair towards to the Germans and he aimed to change this. He wanted to regain lost territory such as the Rhineland and the Polish Corridor and also build up its arm forces. This led to war as to regain land, war was inevitable. The failure of the policy of appeasement was also another reason for WW2. This appeasement policy was followed by Britain and France which meant avoiding war against aggressive nations. They had to give in to their demands as long as they were not to unreasonable. This convinced Hitler of the weakness and the complacency of Britain and France. ...read more.

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However, Poland was the last straw and the Allied powers announced war on Germany. The Nazi-Soviet Pact was another reason for WW2. This pact allowed Hitler to avoid having to fight a war on 2 fronts. In the pact, Stalin promised Hitler that Russia would not attack Germany from the Eastern Front when Germany invaded Poland. When Hitler thought about attack Poland, he was constantly worried about Russia attacking him. The Nazi-Soviet non-aggression Pact solved this. Hitler now has one less enemy to deal with. This gave Hitler confidence as it meant avoiding battling Russia, France and Britain all at the same time. He would not have to fight on 2 fronts like Germany did in WW1 where they lost. This gave Hitler the confidence to launch the Blitzkreg on Poland. Germany would also avoid military strain by avoiding war with Russia. ...read more.

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