The Road to World War II (What were Germany and Britain's foreing policy and do you agree that agressive nationalism, weakness of the League and appeasment caused WW II)

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Hitler was still full of hatred from the First World War, and wanted revenge for how Germany had been treated over the last two decades. Hitler had always kept tight control over foreign affairs, formulating himself both the strategy and the tactics calculated to achieve his goals on a world scale. To do this, he created his Foreign Policy aims. These were:

·To go back on the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and re-establish Germany's position in world affairs. Hitler hated the Treaty of Versailles, and thought it was an unfair and humiliating treaty. Most people in Europe also thought the treaty was unfair at this time, so when Hitler began to break the terms of the treaty, he was appeased and allowed to do it. However, if Hitler was going to regain everything that Germany had lost because of the Treaty of Versailles, then he was going to have to invade other countries.

·To re-arm. Hitler wanted Germany to be a power in Europe again, and to do this he needed to re-arm. He was given an excuse in the early 1930s when there was great unemployment in Germany. It was the perfect solution to their problems.

·To unite all German-speaking people in one country. The treaty of Versailles had given each race of people their own country, but this meant that there were many Germans spread all over Europe. If he were to unite them all in one country, he would start having to invade and take over other countries, which could quite easily turn into war.

·To win living space, or Lebensraum, for Germany. The only way that Hitler could do this was to take control of the countries around Germany. Hitler believed that this space needed to be acquired in the east, at the...