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Why was Hitler able to pursue an expansionist policy during the inter-war period? What did Hitler get during the inter-war period as a result of this expansionistforeign policy?

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History essay (2) Christy Li 5B (23) a) Why was Hitler able to pursue an expansionist policy during the inter-war period? b) What did Hitler get during the inter-war period as a result of this expansionist foreign policy? During the late interwar period of 1933-1939, Germany was under the dictatorship of Hitler. Hitler ruled Germany with Nazism. One of the famous Nazist policies was the expansionist policy, which had also contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War. There are factors to explain why Hitler was able to pursue an expansionist policy during the interwar period, they are: The impact of the signing of the Versailles Treaty and the foreign policy adopted by the western democratic powers. The first factor of why Hitler could pursue an expansionist policy during the inter-war period was the impact of the signing of the Versailles Treaty. After the First World War, the Weimar Republic signed the Versailles Treaty with the western victorious powers. ...read more.

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With all these foreign policy adopted by the western democratic powers, Hitler was able to pursue the expansionist foreign policy during the inter-war period. The Versailles Treaty provides the determination and support of people for Hitler to adopt the expansionist policy to crush the Allies. While the foreign policy adopted by the western democratic powers provides Hitler with a suitable condition for him to pursue his expansionist policy. As a result of the expansionist foreign policy, Hitler had a tremendous gain during the inter-war period. The following were his gains: violation of the Versailles Settlement, Help from Italy, Annexation of Austria, Invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Invasion of Poland. Violation of the Versailles Settlement was the major aim of Hitler adopting the expansionist policy. This aim was more or less achieved. Hitler violated the Settlement by openly reintroducing the conscription, expanding the armed forces and building up the air force. In 1936, Germany sent troops to Rhineland, which was demilitarized since 1919. ...read more.

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The British Prime Minister Chamberlain and the French Prime Minister Daladier called Munich Conference in 1938. According to the Munich Agreement, Sudetenland was ceded to Germany while Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe; this was the Appeasement Policy in practice. Thus, as a result of Hitler's expansionist policy, Sudetenland was gained. The last gain was the Invasion of Poland. Hitler demanded Danzig and the Polish Corridor, with large German population, to be handed over to Germany. Hitler concluded the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union to prevent the Soviet intervention. Without the threat from the Soviet Union, Hitler invaded Poland on 1st September 1939. Second World War was then sparked off. The invasion of Poland thus became the last gain of Germany as a result of Hitler's expansionist policy. To be concluded, as a result of Hitler's expansionist foreign policy, Hitler achieved the violation of the Versailles Settlement, got the help from Italy and finally, got the territorial gains of Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. ...read more.

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