Adolf Hitler and His Influence on World War II
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This paper traces the public life of Adolf Hitler from his formation of the Nazi Party in 1921 to his suicide in 1945, shortly before the war in Europe came to an end. It looks at his use of pro-Nazi propaganda from 1933-1939 and his takeover of Austria and the Sudetenland. It then discusses Hitler's invasion of Poland, which officially started World War II, and his subsequent takeover of France and much of Western and northern Europe, as well as the great threat which Germany posed to England in 1940. There is a brief discussion of Hitler's exploitation of conquered countries and the Jews. The end of the paper mentions the Soviet Union's takeover of Eastern Europe.
From the Paper:"Hitler did not take over his country overnight. From 1933 until 1939, he spread propaganda around Europe that served his own needs. He convinced just about all Europeans that Germany was the only thing that could save them from the growing threat of Soviet Russia, and he rallied thousands of Germans in support of his policies, as well. Propaganda was a large portion of his success. He even wrote about his feelings about propaganda in "Mein Kampf." Two other historians quote his words, "The whole art [of propaganda] consists in doing this so skillfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc. The masses are slow moving, and they always require a certain time before they are ready to even notice a thing" (Murphy & White, 2007). This illustrates his feelings about the people he led, and about "the masses" of residents of countries he was about to attempt to conquer.
As dictator, he could rule just about as he pleased, and he built up German defenses during this time by declaring Germany would no longer follow the provisions of the Versailles Treaty. The Treaty was the agreement in Europe after World War I. It stipulated that Germany could not produce military machinery, so by ignoring it, Hitler created a massive invasion force by the time he was ready to invade Poland, and Britain and France essentially ignored the process, allowing it to continue (Kreis, 2004). Hitler's real aim was not to conquer France and England, he wanted Russia. He refused any alliances that Russia offered before the war, and he thought when France surrendered, England would soon follow and that he could concentrate all his manpower and focus on Russia (Weinberg, 1996, p. 158-160)."
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