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To What Extent did the Locarno Pact Achieve German Aims?

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Ismar Hota To What Extent did the Locarno Pact Achieve German Aims? Candidate Number: A. Plan of Investigation 1.) Subject of investigation - To What Extent did the Locarno Pact Achieve German aims? 2.) Methods of investigation a.) I am planning to extract much of the evidence from historical books that analyze the Locarno pact. b.) I will also conduct internet searches for relevant and reliable articles and I will pay careful attention on those focusing on the discussion of achievement of German aims. c.) I also plan to look for primary sources that will explain what was the general feeling of the public of the Locarno pact in Germany. e.) I plan to investigate the backgrounds of persons directly involved in the Locarno Pact. I will pay special attention to the Gustav Stresemann the man who signed the Locarno pact for Germany. After conducting this investigation and reviewing these sources i will come to a conclusion to what extent did Germany achieve its aims. This conclusion will be based on relevant and carefully selected evidence. B. Summary of Evidence 1.) Background Locarno pact - Locarno is located in Switzerland. It is a small resort. During the pact is where the outlines of basic structures became concrete agreement in the October 1925.the pact was signed by Germany together with France, Belgium, Britain and Italy. ...read more.

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It is a valuable source because it was written by four prominent international historians. Antony Best is Senior lecturer in International History at London School of Economics. His main focus is the relationship between Anglo-Japanese relations. Jussi M. Hanhim�ki is a professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate institute of International Studies in Geneva. He is also a distinguish professor at the Finish Tampere University. He is best known for his book The Cold War: A History in Documents. Joseph A. Maiolo is a senior Lecturer in International History in the Department of War studies at King's College London and currently working on study of global arms race. Kirsten E. Schulze is Senior lecturer in International History at London School of Economics. She has been interested mostly in the Middle East and issues of Northern Ireland. This well rounded book between pages 50-54 has the purpose to educate and show to what extent German aims have been achieved with it. The source is very useful because not only does it provide with information but also suggests recommended readings for further expanding of knowledge on the subject. The limitation of this source is that all of the authors are European states who were with the allies and their interpretations could be bias. ...read more.

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Mr. Stresemann is also a winner of Nobel piece prize and with such reputation many wonder what would have Germany been like had he stayed in power for longer. Unfortunately he died in 1929(Gustav Stresemann). His death a tragedy already for Germany wasn't the only thing that worsened the German situation. The Great depression that hit the world in the 1929 and continued into 1930 quickly removed the works of Gustav Stresemann and The Locarno pact from the center of attention. Germany sank quickly back into economic and social catastrophe. Together with all of its problems and lacking of a charismatic leader Germany's achieved aims were forgotten and the rise of the right-wingers such as Nazi's was a direct outcome of the failure to proceed with the Locarno Pact and its ideas that Mr. Stresemann envisioned (Best at al 54). E. Conclusion Locarno pact can be characterized as a great tool that Germany used to bring back stability both economic and social. Although it didn't last very long due to the Great depression and following that the WWII it can be seen as a great buffer period that Germany used to become a super power once again and she truly achieved these aims. Locarno pact also had an impact on the Nazi party in Germany that came out of its ashes like a phoenix once the it was clear that the Locarno pact failed or was outdated. F. ...read more.

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