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    hello!
    so i just wanting to hear your views of key causes of World War 2.
    I believe it was partially the League of Nations, Britian and France's self interest in the league, however a key factor the wall street crash.
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    (Original post by starienight)
    hello!
    so i just wanting to hear your views of key causes of World War 2.
    I believe it was partially the League of Nations, Britian and France's self interest in the league, however a key factor the wall street crash.
    undoubtedly the key cause/trigger of WW2 was the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland, which resulted in Britain and France declaring war on Germany. Although the key factor which led to Hitler gaining power was that the German people saw the Treaty of Versailles as unfair. Then you factor in Hitler taking back the lands that were taken from the germans after WW1, and all that shiz.

    But my main belief is that Neville Chamberlain's weakness, and failing to reconise Hitlers intentions at a early stage led to a much larger scale war than neccessary.

    I don't see the wall street crash to be a contributing factor to the war tbh, but the league of nations being powerless did contribute.
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    (Original post by jfinney94)
    undoubtedly the key cause/trigger of WW2 was the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland, which resulted in Britain and France declaring war on Germany. Although the key factor which led to Hitler gaining power was that the German people saw the Treaty of Versailles as unfair. Then you factor in Hitler taking back the lands that were taken from the germans after WW1, and all that shiz.

    But my main belief is that Neville Chamberlain's weakness, and failing to reconise Hitlers intentions at a early stage led to a much larger scale war than neccessary.

    I don't see the wall street crash to be a contributing factor to the war tbh, but the league of nations being powerless did contribute.
    I like your points.
    I said the wall street crash because it affected the econemy all over the world. Britian didn't want to cripple Germany completly because we still wanted to trade for a bit.
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    Well, I honestly think there are four main causes...

    1) Hitler's Foreign Policy
    2) League of Nations
    3) Appeasement policies of Britain
    4) Effects of the Great Depression
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    (Original post by starienight)
    I like your points.
    I said the wall street crash because it affected the econemy all over the world. Britian didn't want to cripple Germany completly because we still wanted to trade for a bit.
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    Well also we didn't want to completely kill off Germany because we believed a stronger Germany could help fight communism.
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    The situation was created by WW1. War creates more war.
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    Invasion of Poland by Germany.
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    (Original post by starienight)
    I like your points.
    I said the wall street crash because it affected the econemy all over the world. Britian didn't want to cripple Germany completly because we still wanted to trade for a bit.
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    Yeah the wall street crash was a pretty big factor - mostly because it allowed the Nazi party to get into power in the first place through 'democratic' means by promising economic improvement when German people were so desperate. He promised things such as employment programmes e.g. road building. This gained them votes in the Reinstag is it?

    And then once they had a majority Hitler was able to consolidate his power and gradually turn Germany into a dictatorship, through the policies he introduced to give himself more and more power
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    And Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement allowed Hitler to gain confidence and grow in power, until war was finally declared after the Russian/ German invasion of Poland
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    It was the second round of WW1. The Treaty of Versailles and The Great Depression are mostly to blame for the rise of fascism.

    However you could argue if the Treaty of Versailles had been followed as intended Germany would have never have got powerful enough to fight another war. Appeasement been the problem here.
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    The blame for meant to be on the League of Nations. They were allowing Hitler to get his ways even if it meant the collapse of other nations. They done this just to try to keep peace. If they had fought back from the start against Hitler's actions, then Hitler wouldn't have took advantage of them.
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    (Original post by hopingtobeadentist)
    The blame for meant to be on the League of Nations. They were allowing Hitler to get his ways even if it meant the collapse of other nations. They done this just to try to keep peace. If they had fought back from the start against Hitler's actions, then Hitler wouldn't have took advantage of them.
    How would of declaring war on Germany prevented Hitler's aggression? It wouldn't have. Hitler was focused on destroying communism and gaining lebensraum in the east. I make no apologies in saying that Britain and France were wrong to declare war on Germany in 1939.
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    (Original post by antimilitarist)
    How would of declaring war on Germany prevented Hitler's aggression? It wouldn't have. Hitler was focused on destroying communism and gaining lebensraum in the east. I make no apologies in saying that Britain and France were wrong to declare war on Germany in 1939.
    People have different interpretations of things. I respect yours and I'm not going to say anything against it as it's your opinion.
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    World War I. Hostilities didn't properly cease between France and Germany after WWI, so much so that many saw another conflict looming. The French-German border disputes remained and a bitterness between both nations maintained. Resumption of hostilities were simply inevitable.
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    Treaty of Versailles

    The trigger for the WW2 was the invasion of Poland
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    You are all so clever!
    I get it now, I was doing it in history and was like what would other people thing, so yeah, i actually get it! woho.
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    The League of Nations and more pacifically USA and Russia not joining the League! This had a huge effect on the League and made it weaker which in turn made the decisions and sanctions it attempted to give a lot weaker. This showed Hitler where he stood and that war was possible.

    Appeasement also as this likely clarified what he already knew about the weakness of Britain and France .
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    my number one reason is the financial support Hitler gained from US bankers

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