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The Second World War was brought about by the foreign policy of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Do you agree with this statement?

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"The Second World War was brought about by the foreign policy of Hitler and Nazi Germany." Do you agree with this statement? Many key issues, several occurring simultaneously during the 1930s, caused the Second World War. Many changes occurred in countries over the world, from the end of the First World War in 1918 and onwards the rise of Hitler with the new regime of Nazi in Germany, during economic crisis in 1928. The period of warlike tensions existed between 1929 until 1939 when Second World War finally broke out, when Britain and France declared a World War against Germany after Germany's invasion of Poland occurred on the 1st of September 1939. It is mostly argued that the Second World War broke out as a result of Hitler's aggressive foreign policy however others argue that this was also resulted by Western forces' policy of Appeasement at the same time. Furthermore, the Second World War was produced by combinations of others as well; Italy's Mussolini and USSR's Stalin had also helped to afflict the warlike tension in Europe; the failure of Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations had failed to maintain peace and to avoid a war at the first time. ...read more.

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New regimes of dictatorship emerged in some nations as the new leaders promised a better world for them. Weaknesses of economy in some particular nations were directly led to increased aggression and invasions to other countries, to distract the sense of weaknesses in the inside. This tension of international relationships and the disastrous impact resulted from the Economic depression later rose to alternative policies, such as to the policy of appeasement. Another key factor was the policy of Appeasement during 1936-1938. Britain and France went through the political and economical turmoil after the WW1 and later by the economic depression in 1929, therefore was more concerned about their own affairs than what was going on in the rest of Europe. Britain and France were reluctant to take a firm line against aggressive Germany. As a result, the new regimes of Hitler accelerated rapidly, with Britain and France fulfilling its momentum to expand its endless requisitions. By this Hitler was able to gain what he wanted to get; the first was the remilitarisation of Rhineland in 1936 when the rest of the world was focusing on the Abyssinian crisis in Africa. Having accomplished his first objectives in 'Rearmament', he then challenged to his territorial promises and focused on the eastern territories - Austria, Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia. ...read more.

Conclusion

Chamberlain from Britain now lost faith in Appeasement: as Hitler promised that 'Sudetenland is the last problem... territorial claim which I (Hitler) have to make in Europe' was betrayed, now were followed to keep the guarantee to defend Poland if attacked. As a result of a devastate world after the First World War and later the Economic depression, nationalism of rearmament and aggression threatened a war to happen and, at last, was ironically declared by Britain and France. In my opinion, Hitler's aggressive foreign policy had most contributed to start the Second World War although other factors was linked to each other for the outbreak. It was Britain and France who first declared a war; however it was inevitable because Hitler's foreign policy of aggression had already provided enough reason for a war in Europe. His unlimited ambition and requisitions had betrayed Britain's faith on the Appeasement and had gone too far. He also attempted too much on the annexation of Eastern European countries, too convinced with confidence that war would not happen. Moreover, his diplomatic alliances with the communist USSR seemed nonsense, to France and Britain's surprise, it was hypocrisy because he was an absolute anti-communist. He did not sense the scrutiny of the Europe and at last, the Second World War had begun. ...read more.

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