Road to WW2

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  • Causes of WW2
    • Nazi-Soviet Pact
      • Ensured that neither side would attack each other
      • Secretly split Poland between them so Hitler could invade
    • Effects of the peace treaties
      • Britain also began to think that the Treaty was too harsh
        • Did nothing to stop Hitler breaking the terms
      • Failed to keep the peace; main cause of Hitler's rise to power
    • Appeasement
      • Britain and France were suffering after the Depression and needed time to prepare for war
      • Clearly failed after Hitler did not uphold the terms of the Munich Agreement and invaded Czechoslovakia
      • Gave Hitler confidence that he could do anything and would not be hindered
      • Based on the incorrect assumption that Hitler could be trusted
    • Hitler's aims and actions
      • Ending the Treaty of Versailles
        • Effects of the peace treaties
          • Britain also began to think that the Treaty was too harsh
            • Did nothing to stop Hitler breaking the terms
          • Failed to keep the peace; main cause of Hitler's rise to power
        • Stopped paying reparations in 1933
        • Began rebuilding the army and built war planes in 1933
        • Held a military rally in 1935 to show his new military to the world
        • Signed the Anglo-German Naval Agreement in 1935 which allowed Hitler a navy a third of the size of Britain's
        • Remilitarised the Rhineland in 1936
      • Expand German territory for Lebensraum
        • Anschluss
        • Sudetenland
      • End communism
        • Signed the Anti-Comintern Pact with Japan to limit Communist influence- joined by Italy in 1937 to form the Axis Powers
    • Failures of the League
      • USA not involved; other leaders not committed
      • Looked upon as weak by countries like Germany, Italy and Japan

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