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War broke out in 1939 because of Hitler's foreign policy, Appeasement, the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the failure of the League of Nations and the weakness of the Treaty of Versailles.

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War broke out in 1939 because of Hitler's foreign policy, Appeasement, the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the failure of the League of Nations and the weakness of the Treaty of Versailles. However, even before these events tension in Europe rose dramatically in the 1930's as countries were suffering economically. Hitler's foreign policy was the most important reason why war broke out in 1939. Hitler's foreign policy made war more likely to happen because it was his aggressive attitude that let him do what he wanted and to increase his power. For example he held massive rearmament rallies, he took over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, remilitarised the Rhineland. Britain and France could not stop him from rearming, as Germany was the only country in the League of Nations that had disarmed because of the Treaty of Versailles. However, tension in Europe increased. If Hitler did not carry out his plans then tensions in Europe would not have been so high and war would have been less likely to occur. If Britain and France had stopped Hitler in his actions before it was too late a war might have not have occurred this relates to the policy of Appeasement ...read more.

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In order to do this he signed a treaty with Russia confirming that they would not attack each other. Hitler signed the treaty to make sure that Russia would not stop him, as he and Stalin were archenemies. Britain and France warned Hitler that if he invaded Poland they would declare war. However, Britain and France should have stopped him earlier in his actions when he did not have all the power and the confidence to avoid war. Even with the warning Hitler did not listen and attacked Poland and Britain and France declared war One of the aims of Hitler's foreign policy was to abolish the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles was harsh on Germany in a few ways for example the reparations were too high, Germany had to disarm to having only 6 battleships and no armored vehicles, aircraft or submarines etc. Germany wanted revenge. So by using his aggressive attitude Hitler destroyed the terms of the Treaty of Versailles for example he remilitarised the Rhineland and united with Austria. If the Treaty of Versailles was not as harsh as it was, then Hitler may not have taken over Austria and rearmed. ...read more.

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However, Germany was not to rearm and other nations would not disarm, as they did not trust one another. After the Manchurian Crisis and the Abyssinian Crisis, Hitler had followed Japan and Italy's aggressive attitude making him withdraw Germany from the League and rearming. Therefore if the League of Nations did its job properly and was fair a war may not have occurred. However, due to the Wall Street Crash tension throughout the world arose this was not the League's fault. Nevertheless, when the League was dying and it had problems occurring between countries it did not try to solve them, so therefore it did not try to make world peace and reduce tension throughout the world when it was dying out this made war more likely and was one of the reasons why war broke out in 1939. War broke out in 1939 mainly because of those reasons. Hitler's actions and Appeasement are the most important. If Hitler did not do what he did then war would not have broke out. However, when he did use his aggressive attitude Britain and France did not stop him therefore it was not just Hitler's fault that World War 2 broke out. ...read more.

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