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The Main Causes of World War 2

1. Adolf Hitler 💀

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

2. Poor Economic Conditions 💸

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

3. German Expansion 🇩🇪

  • 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 Guernica 
  • 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 🇵🇱

  • Hitler wants to invade Poland 
  • Britain agreed to protect Poland from a German attack 
  • 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 other 
  • Hitler offered Stalin control of the Baltics and eastern Poland if he supported Germany's invasion 
  • With this agreement formed, Hitler invades Poland 
  • Britain and France honor their agreement to protect Poland and wage war on Germany and. . .

World War 2 has Begun

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