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The Main Causes of World War 2

1. Adolf Hitler šŸ’€

  • Hitler breaks the Treaty of Versailles & builds up German military, specifically the Air ForceĀ 
  • Ordered troops into the Rhineland - a demilitarized area after WWI
  • Instills a policy of conscription to grow the Army

2. Poor Economic Conditions šŸ’ø

  • The Great Depression left governments unable to deal with economic pressure and meet citizen needs
  • Individuals and groups claimed to have answers to these problemsĀ 

3. German Expansion šŸ‡©šŸ‡Ŗ

  • Hitler forges alliances with Italy in the Rome-Berlin Axis and with Japan in the Anti-Comintern Pact
  • Hitler supports the Fascist Spanish nationalist movement during the Spanish Civil War and German/Italian Planes bomb civilians in GuernicaĀ 
  • Hitler threatens to invade Austria and is able to secure it as part of the Third Reich or German Empire with no resistance
  • Hitler demands the Czechoslovakian border territory of Sudetenland but it is not awarded to him so he seizes all of Czechoslovakia in an armed invasion

4. The Conflict Over Poland šŸ‡µšŸ‡±

  • Hitler wants to invade PolandĀ 
  • Britain agreed to protect Poland from a German attackĀ 
  • Britain & France wanted to form an alliance with the Soviet Union to better protect Poland but the Soviet Union and Germany had signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact where they vowed not to attack each otherĀ 
  • Hitler offered Stalin control of the Baltics and eastern Poland if he supported Germany's invasionĀ 
  • With this agreement formed, Hitler invades PolandĀ 
  • Britain and France honor their agreement to protect Poland and wage war on Germany and. . .

World War 2 has Begun

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