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What caused the Second World War.

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What caused the Second World War The Second World War began twenty years after the treaty of Versailles was signed. This essay will discuss the reasons why this was the case and why the treaty of Versailles did not bring lasting peace. Hitler's actions between 1933-1939 were one of the major causes world war two. Firstly Hitler started to rearm Germanys Army in secret as the treaty of Versailles said that he was not allowed to do that. Hitler trained ordinary people for a year and then released them and another group of people were brought in to take their place. Hitler thought that if there was going to be a war that every one in Germany could help because they had been trained and would be ready to fight. Secondly in 1934 Hitler tried to take control of Austria because that was Hitler's birthplace. Hitler got some of his Austrian Nazis to go to the chancellor of Austria and kill him. The chancellor killed himself he jumped out of a window from a third story building and landed on his head. But as Hitler tried to take over Austria over Italian leader Mussolini said no he thought that once Hitler had taken over Austria his next target would be Italy. So Mussolini said that if Hitler tried to take control of Austria he would march his soldiers and weapons to fight Hitler. ...read more.

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But nothing happened for that least six months after. Some people say that Britain was to Blame for the start of world war two. When Britain gave Germany bit by bit this is called appeasement Britain did this in order to stop a war also they tried to stop the war because the British Empire wouldn't help them to fight the war, its was nothing to do with Britain, Germans were treated badly after the first world war, they thought that Hitler would soon stop making demands, Britain were scared of the USSR, Britain were scared of war, the British army were not ready for war and Britain also had to many enemies. This is why Britain used appeasement to try and stop another war. Some historians have debated other factors about the war. Firstly after the First World War in 1919 the many German people were angry, annoyed and resentful about the treaty of Versailles itself. All the German people thought that they had been treated badly and unfairly after the First World War. A treaty was drawn up to keep the peace but it did not last the treaty was called the treaty of Versailles this was very unfair to Germany. It stated that Germany had to give all its colonies to the League of Nations but really they were going to Britain and France. ...read more.

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The American president Woodrow Wilson did not get involved in the league of nations because it thought that the last time he got involved with the Europeans too many young American soldiers died in the first world war. In the 1920s and 1930s the USA followed a policy called isolation. The Americans chose to ignore what was happening in Europe at that time. Hitler knew that the Americans would not get involved and therefore the next biggest threat to him would not harm him the only country that could stop him now would not do a thing. Other historians think that it was down to the Nazi Soviet pact if the USA helped to cause the second world war then so did the Soviet union. In the August of 1930 many people in Britain and France were amazed to find that Hitler and the Russian dictator Stalin signed an agreement called the Nazi Soviet pact. Everyone was amazed because this agreement was between the fascists in Germany and the Communists in Russia they hated each other. But secretly they had made an agreement that said that they could split up Poland between both of them. In conclusion I think that Hitler's actions between 1930-1939 contributed to the beginning of the Second World War also I think that the British Policy of appeasement, the Treaty of Versailles, the failure of the League Of Nations, the USA's policy of Isolation and the Nazi Soviet Pact were all major causes of the Second World War ...read more.

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