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Events March 13, 1938 Germany annexes Austria October 7–10 Germany takes Czech region of Sudetenland August 23, 1939 German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact September 1 Germany invades Poland September 3 Britain and France declare war on Germany September 17 USSR invades Poland from the east September 19 German and Soviet forces meet in central Poland September 28 Warsaw falls to Germany November 30 Soviet forces invade Finland Key People Adolf Hitler - Chancellor of Germany; pursued aggressive territorial expansion in the late 1930s Neville Chamberlain - British prime minister; adhered to policy of appeasement that allowed German territorial annexations in 1938 Joachim von Ribbentrop - German foreign minister; signed German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact Vyacheslav Molotov - Soviet foreign minister; signed German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact Germany Under Hitler In 1938, Germany was a total dictatorship under the Nazi Party and Chancellor Adolf Hitler . Although the 1919 Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I had imposed strict disarmament terms on Germany, by the late 1930s, Hitler had dropped all pretense of observing the terms of the treaty. He began not only to rebuild his military rapidly, but also to speak openly of Germany’s need for lebensraum , or “living space.” Anschluss and Appeasement In March 1938, offering little in the way of justification, Nazi troops took control Austria , which put up no resistance. Hitler claimed that the annexation was supported by his doctrine of Anschluss , or natural political unification of Germany and Austria . Though gravely disturbed, Britain and France took no action. Shortly thereafter, Hitler demanded that Czechoslovakia give up to Germany the Sudetenland , a territory along the German-Czech border. Hitler accused the
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Czechs of repressing the large German population there and asserted that the territory rightly belonged to Germany. The September 1938 Munich Conference was called to address the situation; ironically, Czechoslovakia was not present. After several rounds of negotiation, and despite their own treaties with Czechoslovakia, Britain and France agreed to give in to Hitler’s demand, as long as he agreed not to seize any further European territory . Hitler did sign an agreement to that effect, promising no further invasions. After taking the Sudetenland, however, Hitler ignored the agreement and proceeded to occupy most of western Czechoslovakia , along with several other territories in eastern Europe. Britain and France again took no action. This policy of appeasement of Hitler’s demands, which was advocated primarily by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain . The Consequences of Appeasement The decisions made by the Allied nations leading up to World War II . The appeasement of Hitler, in particular, has been so often held up as an example of how not to deal with a rising dictator that it has become a stereotype . The German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact
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