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

Short term causes of the second world war Why did the French and British fail to stop Hitler You can't say that there was one dominant reason for the establishment of World War Two

Extracts from this document...


Short term causes of the second world war Why did the French and British fail to stop Hitler You can't say that there was one dominant reason for the establishment of World War Two. This was because there were many short term causes of the second world war but I am only going to name and look at a few. The first cause leading up to the War was in 1936, then the last was in 1939. I will introduce the main critical causes in order of hierachy. I will try to explain why the British abd French failed to stop Hitler on so many times. 1)You could say that this one was the most significant cause because it was the cause that started Hitlers ego off. It all began in March 1936 when the Rhineland was invaded by Germany. There were many reasons for this particular action, one of which was that because Hitler was building up an army and secretly getting ready for a war he needed all the people he could. ...read more.


Hitler had been planning a full war between countries like France and Britain but nothing was done to stop Hitler's armies from invading. The French and British governments just wanted to avoid the start of any war. Hitler now was even more wrapped up in the thought of ruling the world by invading more countries with ease. 3)This third cause was where the British and French got a bit more concerned with what was happening. In October 1938 Germany wanted to take over Sudetenland, an area on the Czechoslovak border. This was another of the nearby countries that spoke German so was on the top end for Hitlers retrieval after having it taken away by the Versailles treaty; he believed that all German - speaking countries should belong to Germany. Through the passing years before hand the Btritish an French had made a commitment that if and when Czechoslovakia was invaded by Germany they would help protect and fight with them. ...read more.


Hitler wanted to join the two bits together to make Germany whole again. All he would have to do was attack and invade. He had done it four times before without any opposition why would this time be any different? But once Britain and France found out what he was planning they couldn't stand it any more and decided to come face to face with Germany. Hitler had gone too far. Britain and France promised to protect and fight with Poland and this time they really meant it. Just two days after the invasion of Poland by Germany on the 3rd of September 1939 Britain and France stepped in by declaring war on Germany. This was the beginning of the Second World War. So as you can see the British and French did not really fail ethically but physically. Britain and France were just much more settled countries at the time without a greedy leader that Germany got. In a way Britain and France were a lot better than Germany by containing their anger and for trying to stop Germany with their actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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. How far was HItler to blame for the second world war?

    And Italy was fascist aswell at the time. Hitler and the rise of the Nazi's starts when he Hitler was born in April 20th 1889 in a small Austrian town of Braunau near to the German border. Hitler went to school being unpopular and lazy, but dreamed of becoming an

  2. What were the causes of World War II?

    This means that Britain and France were one of the original members. The league had, as stated before, in mission to preserve world peace. They had to supervise colonies. The colonies' economical situation, geographical situation and stage of development varied; consequently the territories were given different degrees.

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

    is evil things we shall be fighting against."This was a very historical event; it was the first significant moment that was communicated via the radio. Chamberlain wouldn't say it if he didn't mean it, had known this from the start some say that he was very wise to stay away from them earlier on in 1936 and onwards.

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

    A claim made by Hitler on the day of the remilitarisation of the Rhineland stated: "Germany has no territorial claims to make in Europe" However subsequent events proved how deceitful this was. Hitler's overall objective was the union of all German-speaking people into a greater Germany.

  1. adolf hitler

    Hitler's health deteriorated rapidly. He was constantly ill with stomach pains, headaches, nausea, shivering fits and diarrhoea and was now completely dependent on drugs. In September 1944, Hitler suffered a heart attack and was forced to spend several days in bed.

  2. The Fall of France in World War II.

    France's belief of the unfairness of the Treaty of Versailles, or the idea of revanchism, factored another reason for her failure to respond. Other than negotiating a pact to appease Hitler, French policy-makers and their British counterparts agreed that there was no real other alternative (McMillan 120).

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

    The government became convinced that they could not afford to fight two war to Japan & Italy at the same time. Empire was the first priority, but Britain was faced the financial crisis, so it had to be made a very carefully decision.

  2. The Causation of the Second World War

    in 1936, joined by Japan in 1940. Hitler conducted the war in a ruthless but idiosyncratic way, took and ruled most of the neighbouring countries with repressive occupation forces, and had millions of Slavs, Jews, Romanies, homosexuals, and political enemies killed in concentration camps and massacres.

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