Hitler's Foreign Policy Essay

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I largely agree that Hitler’s foreign policy between 1933 and 1939 was a success in terms of aims having been set by Adolf and those aims having been achieved – by the end of 1938; most of his aims had been achieved with Britain’s approval and without war. Hitler had carried out his foreign policy throughout the 1930’s with three main aims in mind; to destroy the Treaty of Versailles, to bring all German-speaking peoples into the Third Reich to make a greater Germany and to expand Germany by getting lebensraum (living space) so that Germany could enter a state of economic self-sufficiency, and for the most part, Hitler had achieved his aims. His aim to destroy the Treaty of Versailles was a huge success in that from the time he came into power in 1933, to when he put the final nail in the coffin of the Treaty in 1938, Hitler was consistent as well as relentless in his disobedience of the Versailles Treaty. Following his withdrawal from the Disarmament Conference and the League of Nations in 1933, Hitler immediately began to rearm in secret, only publically announcing Germany’s rearmament in 1935, when he held a rearmament rally, announcing the expansion of the German army to 550 000 men as well as the expansion of the German air force and the reintroduction of conscription. As if all this rearming wasn’t enough of a contravention of the Treaty of Versailles, Britain and Germany signed a naval agreement, allowing Germany a navy 34% of the tonnage of the British navy. It was with the signing of this Anglo-German agreement, that Europe saw all but one of the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles, being left essentially null and void by Germany – with the assistance of Great Britain no less. The remilitarization of the Rhineland was Hitler’s next big move after rearmament. The Rhineland had been important then and during the Paris Peace Conference because
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