The Development of Tension


Hitlers Aims

Mein Kampf, 1924

Abolish Treaty of Versailles:

  • The Big Three were known as the "November Criminals"
  • ToV was a constant reminder of German defeat
  • Germany stopped paying the reparations

Expand Territory:

  • Germany wanted to unite with Austria 
  • Hitler wanted countries with Germans in to unite with Germany- eg Czechoslovakia
  • Hitler wanted an eastern European empire to provide living space (LEBENSRAUM) for Germans.

Defeat Communism:

  • Hitler was an anti-comunist
  • He believed Bolsheviks helped in the German defeaft of WW1
  • He thought that the Bolsheviks wanted to take over Germany
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