To What Extent Were Hitler's Foreign Policy A Succ

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To What Extent Were Hitler’s Foreign Policy a Success - 1938 Hitler, along with many other ambitions, was determined to make Germany a leading and powerful nation once again, though several issues prevented him from doing so. Firstly, was the much detested ‘Treaty of Versailles’. For years, the people of Germany along with many others from neighbouring countries believed it was unjust, making it Hitler’s first aim – To abolish the Treaty. The Treaty forbade Germany and Austria from uniting – Anschluss, it imposed the ‘demilitarisation’ of the Rhineland, and most “unjustly” left thousands of German speaking nationals living in countries such as Poland and Czechoslovakia. Just as the Treaty was a constant reminder to Germany’s defeat in World War I, Hitler believed communism was the reason for the loss, leaving him gripped to the possibility of potential ‘communist takeover’ of Germany. He despised this, leaving him determined to defeat communism, in which he stated “It will be the duty of German foreign policy to get large spaces to feed and house the growing population of Germany”. Hitler’s foreign policy was the backbone to the actions and changes he wished to make. In this essay, I will describe and analyze how successful Hitler’s foreign policy was, by examining the events and actions that took place, up until 1938. I believe Hitler’s foreign policy was a success up until 1938 as he was fearless to continue with his aims – one of which was abolishing the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler’s first move was ‘rearmament’ – this indirectly disobeyed the terms of the Treaty in which Hitler already began to break, showing its ineffectiveness. By 1933, Hitler had opposed the term, and countered his fellow nations in the ‘disarmament conference’, stating it was unfair that the ‘Allies’ hadn’t even attempted the proposal. Seeing that nothing was going to be done about it,
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