What Were the Causes of the Sudetenland Invasion and What Effects Did It Have?

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What were the causes of the Sudetenland invasion and what effects did it have? The invasion of Sudetenland was a key event leading up to World War ll. It was caused by various things, primarily Adolf Hitler’s ideologies and the policy of appeasement. The invasion greatly affected both Hitler and the Czechs in Sudetenland. Hitler had strong ideologies about the Aryan race of pure Germans, who he considered the superior race. He believed the race had been weakened by interracial marriages and wanted to keep them separate from other races. As the Aryans were so important to him, he wanted to give them their own area (lebenstraum) to occupy. He felt Sudetenland, part of Czechoslovakia, was the appropriate choice, with 3 million Germans already living there. In 1938, Hitler’s generals made plans to invade Czechoslovakia. He also instructed Heinlein, a pro-Nazi politician to start disorder in the Sudetenland, so people would believe the Czech government was incapable of maintaining order. Hitler planned to use this unrest to send his own army in to restore stability. Hitler was able to execute his plan without difficulty, as France and Britain were following the appeasement policy, where they would allow Nazi Germany to do essentially anything they wanted in the hope that Hitler would eventually be appeased and cease his aggressive policies. This meant they let him increase Germany’s armed forces and put them in the Rhineland, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. They allowed him to take the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia, believing that he would ultimately decide he had enough land. The policy did not have the desired affect; when Hitler knew he could get away with anything, he wanted more. Finally France and Britain realised he could not be appeased and they would need to take action against him. Had they done this earlier, there could have been a far less
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