The Collapse of International Peace

The Collapse of International Peace

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  • Hitler came to power in 1919. Germany had been dealt with harshly and unfairly. They took desperate measures and looked for revenge. It was for this reason that Hitler came into power
  • Due to British and French being unable to go to war with Germany, because their economies were in ruin, they had to delay the war. They did using appeasement. This was where they let Hitler get away with things such as rearmament and reuniting with Austria. Ultimately, it did not not work as it only made Hitler more confident.
  • Hitler marched troops into the Rhineland on the 7th of March 1936. It broke the terms of the Locarno treaty and the ToV. The Rhineland was a key industrial area for Germany and retaking it meant they could quicken the rearmament process
  • The Anschluss with Austria boosted both countries economies. Hitler encouraged Austrian Nazis to stir up trouble. The Austrian was under serious pressure so he called for a referendum. Hitler marched troops into Austria and then the vote was held. 99.7% voted for the Anschluss and the countries were reunited
  • On the 15th of March, Germany took over Czechoslovakia. There was no resistance, nor did France or Britain intervene. It was made clear to Hitler that if Germany invaded Poland then Britain would declare war on Germany. Czechoslovakia were left to fend for themselves.
  • On September 1st 1939, Germany invaded Poland. It was the start of WW2 as Britain and France stuck to their threat and declared war on Germany. Poland fell a few weeks after the invasion.
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