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Origins of WWII

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Introduction

Raghav Ramabadran Grade 12 IB History January 28th 2009 Ms. Santos The Origins of the Second World War After a decade of what many may call as "peace" considering the magnitude to which destruction overshadowed all other aspects of life during the First World War, the world was yet again on the dawn of a new war that would revolutionize the future. In these years, called the post-depression years, political unrest was a common element among the world super powers. For instance, Germany's Nazi regime was on the up rise after years of economic and social struggles throughout the country due to the heavy losses suffered at the end of the First World War. Once again, Germany, this time under Adolf Hitler had formed a regime to take on world super powers to gain land, power and regain the dignity lost after WWI. If it were not for "Hitler's restless quest for empire, war might have been avoided"1. The war itself was a "technologically advanced" one compared to that of 1914 and thus the scare of a nuclear war was more prominent among civilians. More importantly, the social struggle which was clearly evident in Germany was a manipulating factor for the next uprising regime in Germany. ...read more.

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relationship between the British and the French as a result of the Treaty of Versailles, aided in unifying the German people under Adolf Hitler and allowed for the rearming of Germany under his manipulative nature. Hitler, a man of pride and dignity took the stage as chancellor of the German Empire affected the western democracies as well as Italy where Fascism was introduced nearly a decade ago during Benito Mussolini's reign. As soon as he came to power, he withdrew the "German delegation from the Disarmament Conference and the League of Nations in October 1933."14 After that, Hitler signed a "non-aggression pact with Poland in January 1934,"15 but this was done solely to "thwart a possible Franco-Polish alliance, and to bring Poland under German influence."16 At around this time, the president died as well and the timing was perfect for Hitler to declare himself as the leader of the German people. In turn, he made sure that whether the people were obedient to the state or not, they should swear allegiance to him. On the 16th of March 1935, a Nazi propaganda took place and the new regime was about to awake and build up to its greatest potential. ...read more.

Conclusion

though Germany took advantage of the situation, the failure of both the League of Nations and the council who administered the signing of the Treaty of Versailles shows a potential weakness among all power, and therefore the blame can also be put on them. The Treaty of Versailles was a document that entirely humiliated Germany, and therefore, the German's anger and frustration can be justified. Hitler was just a man who grabbed the right opportunity at the right time and thus prevailed to an extent. His personality and leadership abilities led Germany into times of great national unity and unified a country that was once in pieces. Lastly, The League of Nations which was designed to prevent the Second World War failed to achieve its primary objective not solely because the United States was not a member, but more importantly due to the fact that the Western powers were unwilling and unable to hand over military forces to facilitate and implement plans with confidence so that the aggressors could be tamed. The war that was fought was a political war that could have been avoided; nevertheless, it was precisely a decade of anger accumulated within the souls of Hitler and his people who merely fought for their right to live without being constricted. ...read more.

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