WWII - I Revisionist States vs Status Quo States a Status...

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I. Revisionist States vs. Status Quo States: a. Status Quo States: states that are satisfied with the workings of the international system b. Revisionist States: states who believed that the status quo should be revised c. Conflict tends to arise during times of power transfer, especially when revisionist state is on the rise and status quo state is on the fall: i. Proposes the question to status quo states of how to deal with rising revisionist states: a. Contain it? Preventative war? Appeasement? Assimilate it into the status quo? ii. This was the case in the wake of WWI, being that Germany was a major power regaining strength who held revisionist ideals a. Questions of the Germans: “Should we take back the land lost in the treaty of Versailles?” b. Hitler’s notion was that they should, and that the treaty should be overturned II. Adolf Hitler’s foreign policy: a. Hitler attempted to portray himself as a man of peace: i. Signed a peace treaty with Poland, demonstrating his acceptance of its existence (despite it being formed from German land post-WWI) ii. Hitler declared the Saar as part of German territory (was technically given to France post-WWI, although France didn’t assimilate it into its borders) a. Proposed a vote among the people of the Saar to see where the region should lie
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b. Hard for British and French to say “no” to this, having been
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2011 for the course POLS 231 taught by Professor Raymond during the Fall '10 term at Boise State.

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