Nazi Foreign Policies
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This paper examines Nazi foreign policy during the Third Reich by first considering events preceding the Nazis rise to power and the Nazi ideologies that were formed thereafter. First, the paper discusses conditions in Germany following World War I with an emphasis on the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles. Then, the paper outlines the beliefs of the National Socialist Party led by Adolph Hitler and the Nazi's support base. In particular, the paper notes Hitler's Pan Germanic view of reuniting all Germans into one single fold. According to the paper, this outlook was highly accepted by the German masses. Additionally, the paper highlights the major ideologies of the Nazi party in a bulleted list. Finally, the paper shows how Germany eventually developed a self-sufficient and healthy economy under the Nazi Party's plan of expanding. At this point, Germany was able to reach outside the border because it had the manpower, monetary and ideological resources. The paper concludes by stating that fear was one of the Nazi's strongest weapons that enabled them to reach far and wide until their defeat.
From the Paper:"Following the defeat of Germany in World War I, the Treaty of Versailles was signed during the summer of 1919. The treaty basically emasculated Germany and forced the nation to give up some of its territories, some of which had been annexed by Germany as far back as the1800s. Further, the treaty contained specific clauses that made Germany admit its fault in causing the war as well as financial reparations to those nations and peoples that Germany attacked during the war. Even the rebuilding of the military machinery of Germany after the war was limited and this truly put a damper on any and all future plans of military adventurism the country may have had following World War I. As a result of the Versailles Treaty especially the financial payments it had to make, the country's economy faltered and in the late 1920s, "the US stock market crashed triggering a world-wide depression, which was felt acutely in Germany mainly due to the republics' reliance on foreign investment (US). Once investment was pulled out a downward economic spiral resulted. This led to increased political instability and allowed extremism to take root and eventually flourish. "
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