CAUSES OF WWII

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CAUSES OF WWII by Mind Map: CAUSES OF WWII

1. Appeasement

1.1. Definiton: Giving in to Hitler so as to make him happy and contented.

1.2. Examples

1.2.1. The Allies allowed Germany to have Sudentenland in Czechoslovakia so as to make him contented and not go to war

1.2.1.1. THIS ONLY MADE HITLER BOLDER

1.2.1.2. HITLER SAW THE WEST AS BEING WEAK AND INCOMPETENT

1.2.1.2.1. This made Hitler more determined to conquer rest of Europe

1.2.1.3. Hitler signed the MUNICH AGREEMENT BUT did not keep up with it.

1.2.1.3.1. 6 Mths later, he invaded whole of Czechoslovakia

1.2.2. Also the Germans were given parts of Austria

2. Nazi Soviet Non Aggression Pact

2.1. Def: A treaty that was signed btw Hitler and Stalin on 23th August 1939

2.2. Shocked the whole world as Hitler hated Communism and Stalin did not respect Nazism.

2.3. Both had reasons why they signed the Treaty

2.3.1. Germany needed to avoid fighting on two fronts and would also prefer to share Poland with USSR instead of being drawn to war.

2.3.2. USSR needed to buy time. Stalin knew it was only a matter of time before Hitler would turn towards them.

2.4. This caused War as it made the West realised that they could not depend on USSR and that War was the only option to stop Hitler!

3. Hitler's Foreign Policy

3.1. LEBENSRAUM

3.1.1. Living Spaces

3.2. Abolishin the TOV

3.2.1. Rearmament

3.2.2. Don't keep up with Reparations

3.3. To fight Communism

3.3.1. USSR

3.4. ALL THESE CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY THE USE OF FORCE - Hence it being the reason for the outbreak of War!

4. Weakness of the League of Nations

4.1. Member countries put their own interests First

4.1.1. Did not use collective security

4.1.2. Eg Brit and Fra had initially signed a secret alliance with Italy despite it being against the aims of the LON

4.2. Not able to persuade countries form giving up their weapons.

4.2.1. had a Disarmament conference in Geneva but many disagreed over the issue

4.3. THIS CAUSED WAR AS IT MADE THE COUNTRIES LIKE GERMANY, JAP and EVEN ITALY REALISED THAT THERE WAS NO ONE TO STOP THEM FROM ACHIEVING THEIR AIMS. HENCE THEY WENT AHEAD WITH AN ARMED CONFLICT.