“Nazi Foreign Policy Was the Primary Factor in Leading to the Outbreak of World War Two”

Republican faction (Spanish Civil War), Kingdom of Italy, Abyssinia Crisis

“Nazi foreign policy was the primary factor in leading to the outbreak of World War Two” To what extent do you agree with this statement?

The Second World War is the conflict between 1939 and 1945 which saw the confrontation between the Axis powers and the other allied countries. Is defined as 'world' because it was attended by nations of all continents and military operations interested most of the planet. The War broke out the first of September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany in the west and the 1937 invasion of the Republic of China by the Empire of Japan in the east. During this period, the international system was affected by enormous changes. A climate of contempt and terror of war spread everywhere. Unfortunately this popular mood did not alter the selfish desire of nation states between 1914 and 1933. To full understand the origins of the War is require a detailed examination of the evolution of international relations and related factors before 1933. These factors I’m going to analyse to find out the main one are the Nazi foreign policy, the League of Nations and the international relations fractured due to Manchuria crisis in 1931 and the Abyssinian one in 1935/36, the global depression impact on Italy, Germany and Japan linked to the American protectionism and the international involvement in the Spanish Civil War. However after an accurate analysis of the factors, I believe that the Nazi foreign policy was not the primary factor which led to the outbreak of the war but the final trigger that set it off. It was just the final ring of a long chain of events.

The first factor I’m going to analyse is the Nazi foreign policy. After Nazi raise to power, Adolf Hitler, become German chancellor in 1933, and his government’s foreign aims were to incorporate all the Germans living outside the Reich borders, expand Germany domination in western and eastern Europe. To achieve these goals Hitler knew that a war was necessary, especially in...
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