World War II Research Paper by Peter Pen

World War II
An analysis of how the Second World War was a result of a failure on part of the Allies to enforce the terms of the treaties they made, both with Germany and with each other.
# 53657 | 4,319 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Nov 22, 2004 in History (European - 20th Century) , History (European - World Wars)

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This paper examines how, in the aftermath of the First World War, there were great efforts made to establish the party or parties responsible for the outbreak of the war and a great desire to justify the belief of the Allies that Germany had been the aggressor; the result of this was the 'war guilt' clause of the Treaty of Versailles. It looks at how, after the Second World War, however, few attempts seem to have been made to establish Germany's guilt, even though it had, in blatant defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, amassed a large army, and as early as 1935, began, by military posturing and political manipulation, to invade and annex various areas of land belonging to other sovereign nations. It analyzes how it is impossible to deny, looking fairly at the events leading up to the declaration of war against Germany by various nations in 1939, that the war would never have happened had Germany not been under the control of an ambitious warlord, Adolf Hitler, and how, although Hitler was indeed leading Germany down the path towards war, the Allies, consisting mainly of Great Britain and France, according to most historians had countless opportunities to bring a halt to the German war machine before it had the chance to create the formidable army introduced to Europe in 1939.

From the Paper:

"In January of 1936, Hitler moved four German divisions to the border of the Rhineland. There he bided his time, waiting for a good opportunity. It came on March First, after the signing of a French-Russian non-aggression pact. Hitler gave orders for a "surprise entry" into the Rhineland. On March 7th as many as three German divisions -- and possibly as few as one -- crossed over into the Rhineland. While the Rhineland rejoiced the return of the military, the world was unaware. Until noon, when Hitler announced, from the Kroll Opera House, that in the "interests of the basic rights of its people to the security of their frontier and the safeguarding of their defense were re-established, as from today, the absolute and unrestricted sovereignty of the Reich in the demilitarized zone of the Rhineland." "

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