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  1. Unit 1: The World in Crisis

    1. Impact of World War I in Europe
    14 Topics
  2. 2. Stalin's Soviet Union
    12 Topics
  3. 3. Hitler's Germany
    27 Topics
  4. 4. Outbreak WWII in Europe
    13 Topics
  5. 5. Germany's Defeat in World War II
    21 Topics
  6. 6. Outbreak War in Asia Pacific
    6 Topics
  7. 7. Japan's Defeat
    10 Topics
  8. Unit 2: Bi-Polarity and the Cold War
    8. Reasons for the Cold War in Europe
    21 Topics
  9. 9. The Korean War
    19 Topics
  10. 10. Cuban Missile Crisis
    25 Topics
  11. 11. The End of Cold War
    19 Topics
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Hitler’s Expansionist Policy (Introduction)

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An original edition of Mein Kampf – the infamous book by Adolf Hitler
  • Many of Hitler’s aims could be seen in his Mein Kampf & the Nazi Party’s 25-Point Programme.
  • When he came to power in 1933, he immediately began to challenge the Treaty of Versailles and adopted an aggressive foreign policy.
  • Hitler cleverly took advantage of events & also used the threat of violence to achieve his aims.
  • Britain and France were reluctant to go to war and willing to compromise to avoid another war.
  • Hitler emboldened to go further with each successful step he took to overturn Versailles Treaty.

Hitler’s Aims:

  • Establish a Greater Germany by acquiring lands, such as Austria, Czechoslovakia & Poland, and uniting all ethnic Germans in those areas with those in Germany.
  • Create Lebensraum (living space) to facilitate German expansion; large areas in Eastern Europe, such as the USSR and Poland, must be conquered.
  • Establish superior Aryan race by rebuilding Germany’s once-proud armed forces and exterminating ‘inferior races’.
YearActions taken by Hitler
From 1933 onwardsResume conscription & rearmament in Germany
March 1936Remilitarisation of Rhineland
1937Involvement in the Spanish Civil War
March 1938Anschluss with Austria
October 1938Control of Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia
March 1939Invasion & control of Czechoslovakia
August 1939Signing of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact
September 1939Invasion of Poland
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