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Hitler’s foreign policy contributed to the start of the 2 nd world war more than appeasement. By Laura, Kat C. Kat M. Jo, Kitty and Molly
Background As the League of Nations crumbled, politicians turned to a new way to keep the peace - appeasement. This was the policy of giving Hitler what he wanted to stop him from going to war. It was based on the idea that what Hitler wanted was reasonable and, when his reasonable demands had been satisfied, he would stop. However as the 1930’s continued it became clear that Hitler was going to continue to stick to his foreign policy until he had conquered all of eastern Europe.
Hitler's Foreign policy To tear up the treaty of Versaille. To unite all Germans in a single country or Reich. To win Lebensraum (living space) for Germans in Eastern Europe.
How this caused the war These policies make it very easy to blame the 2 nd world war on Hitler. Once he came to power, Hitler set about doing exactly what he had said he would do. He tried to take power in Austria. He increased size of Germany’s armies Occupied Rhineland Seized the Sudetenland and later invaded Czechoslovakia. Invades Poland Hitler's policies were aggressive. Hitler went on until there was a war to stop him
Appeasement The actions of Britain and France in the Sudetenland Crisis of 1938 is the key example of appeasement in action. Neville Chamberlain was the British prime minister who believed in appeasement On 30 September, in the Munich Agreement - without asking Czechoslovakia - Britain and France gave the Sudetenland to Germany because Hitler had threatened war. There were many reasons for this decision: British people wanted peace Hitler's complaints appeared reasonable at the time Chamberlain wanted a strong Germany to serve as a barrier against expansion by communist Russia Britain's armed forces were not ready for a war
How this caused the war Czechoslovakia was weakened. Britain gained a year to build up its armed forces, but so did Hitler Hitler decided that Britain and France were afraid of him, and that they would not stop him whatever he did. Russia decided that Britain and France would never stand up to Hitler, and that war with Germany was inevitable and so signed the Nazi-Soviet. The people of Britain realised that they had been tricked, and decided that war was inevitable.
conclusion Appeasement would not have existed if not for Hitler’s foreign policy. War would have happened without appeasement as Hitler was determined to invade eastern Europe and Chamberlain actually delayed Hitler so Britain could prepare for war.