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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
Unit 1
History
Unit One ­ International Relations
Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World
War
How did Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles?
Hitler's Aims in Foreign Policy
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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
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The Return of the Saar in 1935
The Saarland had been run by the League since 1919. A promised
plebiscite (vote for people on who to run the region) was given,
and 90% of the population voted to return to German rule.
It was completely legal and within the terms of the Treaty of
Versailles and also gave Hitler a morale boost.…read more

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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
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Britain signed an agreement in 1935 allowing Germany to increase its
navy to 35% of the size of the British army. It undermined the Treaty of
Versailles and the principle of collective security. It also made the
French furious as they were not consulted about the agreement.
The Remilitarisation of the Rhineland
In March 1936, Hitler took his first really big risk by moving
22,000 troops into the Rhineland area of Germany.…read more

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A plebiscite was called, and fearing that Hitler would not win the
Anschluss, he sent Nazi troops in to Austria to `keep a watchful
eye'.
This meant that 99.75% of the votes voted for the Anschluss.
It broke the Treaty of Versailles, but Britain and France did
nothing.…read more

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The Sudeten Crisis and Munich Agreement in 1938
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There were riots
German newsreels showed `evidence' of Czech `atrocities'
against Sudeten Germans
Hitler threatened to support the Sudeten Germans with
military force
2. Chamberlain met Hitler on the 15th of September
Hitler promised him that this was the `last problem to be
solved'
Chamberlain decided Hitler was `a mad who can be relied
upon'
He persuaded the Czechs to hand over the Sudetenland
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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
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Stalin had been worried about the German threat to the Soviet
Union ever since Hitler came to power in 1933 and had expressed
his ruthless attitude towards communism.
Stalin could not come to any lasting agreement with Britain and
France in the 1930s. He joined the League of Nations in 1934,
hoping for some security from Germany.…read more

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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
Unit 1
Responsibility for the Outbreak of War
Appeasement was the wrong policy because it encouraged Hitler
o Chamberlain's critics say that it encouraged Hitler's
risk-taking. They claim that if Britain and France had stood
up to him at the start, he would have backed off and peace
would have been secured.…read more

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