Is the Outbreak of WWII all Hitler’s fault?
Undeniably Hitler’s rise to power was a major cause of WWII; however there were other contributing factors Such as the Treaty of Versailles and the British Appeasement that were equally important. The Treaty of Versailles was a peace settlement signed after WWI had ended. The main decisions regarding content of the document were made by the United States, Britain, France and Italy; Germany was forced to sign this treaty along with an assortment of other conditions. In perhaps the most critical part of the treaty negotiations Britain, France and Belgium insisted that Germany would pay for their actions in starting WWI. Britain, France and Germany insisted that there should be a “War Guilt” clause which essentially meant that Germany was blamed for WWI, they were forced to pay, Germany was forced to surrender some of their territories and they were not allowed an air force. From the signing of the treaty the German people were essentially put into a depression as all taxes went up to cover the costs of the treaty. Adolf Hitler came out with a campaign that was to abolish the treaty and bring the German people out of their state of depression. Hitler started by rebuilding the air force and navy; which both were forbidden by the treaty. In March 1935 Hitler decided to reveal the German air force to a British official; and no actions were taken. Soon after, Hitler had an open introduction for the military services. Both Britain and France again overlooked thus this gave Hitler encouragement to take further action. Hitler made further speech announcing that he would respect the territorial clause of the treaty but he increased the strength of the armed forces. A quote from Hitler around that time stated “Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.” The British appeasement was generated by the public and political desire to achieve peace at any price. The appeasement policy was motivated by...
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