Impact Of War On Britain

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Impact Of War On Britain

  1. 1. Britain and WW2 Summery
  2. 3. <ul><li>The legacy of the Great War </li></ul>Back to Contents
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  4. 5. <ul><li>Hitler’s Foreign Policy, the Path to War, Appeasement, USSR’s Role, and the Invasion of Poland </li></ul>Back to Contents
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  7. 8. <ul><li>Britain and France followed the policy of appeasement which meant that they would not stop Hitler going into the Rhineland, taking over Austria and gave in when Hitler demanded Sudetenland </li></ul><ul><li>Chamberlain hoped that he would be satisfied and war would be avoided </li></ul><ul><li>It was a popular public policy as people thought that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was only fair that Germany got back what the Treaty of Versailles took </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People didn’t realise that Hitler’s lebensraum had no limit as they didn’t read Mein Kampf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Half the British Cabinet was against the policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even Chamberlain didn’t trust Hitler </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By 1937 he saw Hitler as a possible enemy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He then began to re-arm Britain </li></ul></ul>Back to Contents
  8. 9. <ul><li>In Munich (1938), the USSR was not represented as was the Czechs </li></ul><ul><li>The West didn’t trust the East </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The USSR would broadcast Communist propaganda in 17different languages which frightened the West </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They were suspicious of the Russians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They also didn’t believe that the Soviet Army could stand up against Hitler so wouldn’t Ally with them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Russia claimed to want another war because it would help Communism spread </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However, they didn’t want a war because the country was not ready and they didn’t have the weapons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The USSR was wary of Germany as the Fascists hated Communism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The USSR feared they would be attacked so they made an agreement with Hitler </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In 1934, the USSR joined the League of Nations but Stalin could not get the West to stand up to Hitler </li></ul><ul><li>The East Didn’t trust the West </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stalin feared that, with Hitler’s next target being Poland, the West would side with him and leave the USSR to fight on its own against him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Britain and France had not stood up to Hitler before </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On 23 rd of August 1939, the Soviet-German Pact was made </li></ul><ul><li>WHY THERE WAS A PACT </li></ul><ul><li>It gave the Soviet Union time to strengthen its defence </li></ul><ul><li>It believed that the West wanted Hitler to invade the USSR </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler offered peace while the Allies offered war – Stalin wanted the peace to pull the USSR together </li></ul><ul><li>It is believed that the Soviet Union would be the only winner in WWII making it the strongest nation as it wasn’t exhausting its resources </li></ul><ul><li>Stalin also agreed to take over Poland with Hitler – given him a buffer zone he wanted to spread Communism </li></ul>Back to Contents
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  10. 11. <ul><li>Propaganda around War times </li></ul>Back to Contents
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  12. 13. <ul><li>Evacuation, the Home Front, Churchill’s Takeover, Dunkirk and the Dunkirk Spirit, the Blitz, Turning Points, Women’s Role During the War, War in Europe, and the British Legacy </li></ul>Back to Contents
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