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Hitler's Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War
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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Sudeten Crisis and Munich Agreement in 1938

1. In September 1938, the German Sudeten Party demanded union
with Germany

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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…

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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…

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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…

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