OCR: Hitler's Foreign Policy & Appeasement

A document on an overview of Hitler's foreign policy, and the pros and cons of appeasement.

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1933
· Out of LofN
· Rearmament began
1935
· Mussolini saves Austria
· Saar Plebiscite
· Anglo-German Naval Agreement
1936
· Conscription reintroduced
· Rhineland
· Anti-communist alliance with Japan
1937
· Spanish civil war
· Anti-communist alliance with Italy
1938
· Anschluss
· Sudetenland
1939
· Czechoslovakia
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Anglo-German Naval Agreement: 1935
Germany's navy could be 35% the size of Britain's.
Allowed Germany to increase her power.


Mussolini saves Austria:
Hitler's weakness showed.
He needed Mussolini as an ally.


The Saar:
Saar was part of Germany, but France got its produce. Run by the league since 1919.
Plebiscite:…

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Czechoslovakia: Sudetenland & Munich Agreement
Czechoslovakia: a threat ­ strong economically & militarily.
Sudetenland:
- Germans living there.
- Very industrialised.
- Rich in raw materials.
- Important defensively for Czechoslovakia.
1938: German Sudeten Party demanded union with Germany.
Chamberlain met Hitler in Munich and gave him the Sudetenland ­…

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APPEASEMENT

Why did they follow it?

Hitler standing up to Communism:
- They were more worried about the spread of Communism than about Hitler.
- Dangers to world peace posed by Stalin.
- Hitler ­ buffer to Communism.
USA won't support them:
- Isolationism ­ didn't want to be dragged…

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- Appeasement was based on the idea that he was trustworthy.
Allowed Germany to grow too strong:
- Becoming much more powerful than Britain and France.
Scared USSR:
- Hitler made no secret of plans to expand east.
- Sent the message to the USSR that Britain and France wouldn't…

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