Reasons the nazis kept power foreign policies

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Reasons the nazis kept power foreign policies

  1. 1. Lebensraum In ‘Mein Kampf’, Hitler argued that the German people needed ‘living space’ (lebensraum). They would gain this space by taking control of land to the east of Germany, as well as looking elsewhere too.
  2. 2. Treaty of Versailles anger German anger still remained at the Treaty of Versailles, including the removal of land from Germany. Many Germans believed their country had ben embarrassed and needed to regain its power.
  3. 3. Rhineland and military changes Hitler announced that Germany was stop paying reparations. He then invaded the Rhineland which had been taken from Germany after WW1. Finally he announced plans to increase the size of Germany’s military.
  4. 4. Anschluss with Austria Hitler was born in Austria and believed in a greater Germany (uniting all Germanic people). The Nazis ‘invaded’Austria in 1938 before 99.75% of Austrians voted to unite Austria and Germany (Anschluss).
  5. 5. Czechoslovakia Hitler then invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938. He first took control of the German-speaking Sudetenland, before controlling all the country by March 1939.
  6. 6. Poland Hitler now believed he was unstoppable and that no country would oppose him. He reached a deal with the USSR and then invaded Poland in September 1939. Britain and France then declared war.
  7. 7. Arguments for influence Reversing the Treaty of Versailles was hugely popular in Germany. The UK or France did not stop him. Many Germans believed he was giving their country its power and dignity back, as well as uniting the German peoples.
  8. 8. Arguments against influence Many Germans worried that war was coming. Some army generals even plotted to remove Hitler from power, although this changed after his success in Czechoslovakia.

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