Causes of World War II
We all know that Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, but why exactly did the world plunge into WWII? (the three isms). In Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler “Oppressed territories are led back to the bosom of a common Reich, not by flaming protests, but by a mighty sword.”(Doc. 1) Hitler suggest that a Reich is needed in Germany. This relates to ______ism because Germany is becoming the superior power will cause other countries to want to destroy them. After Italy attacked Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, asked the League of Nations for help in stopping the invasion. He asked for military sanctions but the League of Nations’ response was ineffective. Haile Selassie used these words to the League of Nations: God and history will remember your judgment…It is us today. It will be you tomorrow.”(Doc. 2) According to Haile Selassie, The League of Nations should be responsible for stopping the aggressors, and if the aggressors aren’t stopped karma will come back to bite them. Hitler promised to tear up the Versailles Treaty. Specifically, the treaty forbade German troops from entering the Rhineland, a buffer zone between Germany and France. The New York Times explains that reaction in Berlin, March 7 as: “Hitler concluded, ‘I look upon this day as marking the close of the struggle for German equality status and with that re-won equality the path is now clear for Germany’s return to European collective cooperation.”(Doc. 3) Hitler put some of his troops In the Rhineland to take defiance of the Versailles Treaty. He explains his action as marking the close of struggle for Germany and that he re-won equality clearing the path for cooperation. In contrast, the reaction in Paris states that they see no negotiation with Germany. “What is essential, in the French view, is that the German government must be compelled by diplomatic pressure first and by stronger pressure if need be, to withdraw from the Rhineland.” (Doc. 3) As German...
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