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In what ways did World War II put Hitler’s ideology into practice? How did the Nazi state define citizenship? What was the purpose of appeasement? I. Origins A. World War I Review Causes are complicated: Franz Ferdinand, Wilhelm II’s blank check
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B. Hitler’s War 1. Lebensraum—fought for more land for the Aryan peoples to reproduce and rule. Prepared for an inevitable war with the Soviet Union and the East. Takes over Austria, the Rhineland, and Czechoslovakia all before the war starts. 2. German Racial Superiority—wanted to create a master race C. Destruction of Versailles Order 1. Rearmament—part of his promise to the German people that he would restore Germany to its prior power. On the March 9, 1935, he announced the creation of a new airforce, and one week later, in March 1935 he announces the creation of a draft to increase the size of the German army to 550,000. a) Military draft—March 1935. Britain, France, Italy, and the allies together did little to stop this (other than a slap on the wrist). b) Anglo-German Naval Pact—June 1935, allowed Germany to build a navy that was 35% of the British navy and allowed the Germans to hole equal submarines to the British state. 2. Occupation of the Rhineland, June 1936—along the German and French border (near Belgium). According to the Versailles treaty, the French had the right to protect against any militarization of the Rhineland (begins militarization in March 1936). In Britain there is a widerspread view that the Versailles treaty was no longer legitimate and it was better to allow the Germans to amend the treaty. After these concessions, Hitler is convinced of his prowess as a leader. 3. Kindred Spirits, Alliance with Italy—in October 1936, Mussolini and Hitler made an agreement that Italy and Germany have common political and economic interests. First step toward an alliance. A month later, Mussolin referred to the new Rome-Berlin axis (hence the Axis Powers). Hitler supports Mussolini’s imperialist 4. November 1936 Hitler concluded an alliance with Japan: Anti-Comintern Pact.
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