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Causes of World War II

A Soviet cartoon, published shortly after the Munich Agreement, showing Daladier and Chamberlain directing Germany towards the East.

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2 . a) What were the main aims of Hitler’s foreign policy? b) What did Hitler mean when he used the terms ‘Aryan Race’ and ‘Lebensraum’? c) How did Hitler rearm Germany? d) Why do you think that Hitler saw rearmament as a key priority for Germany? e) Explain how Hitler re-militarised the Rhineland? f) How did Hitler achieve the Anschluss with Austria? TASK TWO Design an Austrian or British newspaper front-page for the date 15th March 1938. and then answer the following questions.Key Question 1: How did Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles in the period 1933 to March 1938? TASK ONE Read through pages 2-7 in your information booklet. Each question will need a good paragraph.

(6) Was the remilitarisation of the Rhineland the main reason for Hitler’s successful expansionist policy. If the French had taken any action.March 1938 a) According to Source A why did Hitler see the remilitarisation of the Rhineland as daring? (3) Source A b) How reliable is Source B as evidence of the popularity of Hitler’s remilitarisation of the Rhineland? (6) Describe how Hitler achieved the Anschluss with Austria. 3 . (10) Even later. 1933 March 1938? Explain your answer. we would have been easily defeated: our resistance would have been over in a few days. he always termed the re-militarisation of the Rhineland the most daring of all his undertakings.’ Albert Speer writing about how Hitler saw the re-occupation of the Rhineland by the German army c) d) Source B: German troops marching into the Rhineland. ‘We had no army worth mentioning. when Hitler was waging war against almost the entire world.TASK THREE Exam type assessment on Hitler’s expansionist policy 1933 .

Next either design your own political cartoon about this topic. Now work through Worksheet 14 from the AQA which is at the back of this booklet. for example. video clips. You may also get information from the Internet. handouts of speeches. handouts of maps. Try to use a selection of presentation methods. With a partner or small group discuss the meaning behind the cartoons. PowerPoint. TASK FIVE The Nazi Soviet Pact Look at sources C and D. diagrams on the whiteboard and of course persuasive speeches. 4 . after the Munich Conference. and a selection of textbooks. You are reporting to the British Government. In small groups put together a presentation to put forward the views of either Churchill or Chamberlain.Key Question 2: Why did appeasement fail to prevent the outbreak of war in 1939? TASK FOUR Presentation task Read pages 8-13 in your information booklet. Or write an imagined interview with Hitler and Stalin asking them to confidentially explain why they entered this pact. There are some very useful sources on page 44-5 of the Modem World History AQA textbook.

published shortly after the Munich Agreement showing Daladier and Chamberlain directing Germany towards the East.Source C A Soviet cartoon. Source D A British cartoon published after the Nazi .Soviet Pact. RENDEZVOUS 5 .

Now write a sentence or two for each of the dates: Jan 1935 ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ 6 March 1936 .TASK SIX With the help of page 39 of your Modem World History AQA textbook. 1935—39. Hitler’s territorial gains. colour in the map below with the key.

March 1938 _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Oct 1938 ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ March 1939 ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Sept 1939 ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ 7 .

43 of the AQA textbook. 8 8 .TASK SEVEN 35 .

9 . the work you have already completed and the following essay plan (p. This should be a visual aid to go on the wall. TASK NINE Essay task: ‘Why had international peace collapsed by 1939’ Use your booklet. It should be bold and colourful using symbols and pictures.10 of task booklet) will help you to structure your essay.Sept 1939.TASK EIGHT In a small group do an extended timeline of the work you have covered between the dates of 1935 . textbooks.

.... • At the Munich Conference . What do you think the most important reason was? 10 . The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations were meant to ensure peace but by 1939 International peace had collapsed... Although this essay has a lot of paragraphs they do not need to be very long.. All the information required is in your booklets...... • The industrial region of Germany known as the Saar .. • Hitler’s next action was in the Rhineland ... he did not want to go to War with Germany because .. • One of his main aims was the Anschluss with Austria .Essay Plan Why had International Peace collapsed by 1939? Your introduction should be something like this: In 1918 people said that the ‘Great War’ should be the ‘War to end all Wars’. • Britain and France declared war on Germany …. • Hitler broke his word however and invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia …. (explain about Aryan Supremacy and Lebensraum and how he wanted to tear up the Treaty of Versailles) • He began by re-arming Germany . Then do paragraphs as below: • When Hitler came to power in 1933 he wanted to …. • The Sudetenland . • Chamberlain the British Prime Minister believed in appeasement..... You then need a conclusion which should answer the question.. • Hitler and Stalin ….

1) Below is a list of events that took place between 1933 and Sep 1939. 4. 3. 5. Britain and France declared war on Germany. 8. Chamberlain attended the Munich conference. Hitler remilitarised the Rhineland. The Saar was returned to Germany.REINFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES: These two activities are designed to help you if you have found this topic difficult. Hitler and Stalin signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Put them into the order in which they occurred. Hitler took the rest of Czechoslovakia. 7. Hitler achieved the Anschluss with Austria. 2. 6. 11 . Hitler began to rearm. 1.

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1969. France and Britain. P. J.(Refute means to argue against something) Those who welcomed the Munich conference and its solution represented it as a victory for reason and conciliation in international affairs — appeasement as it was called at the time. From A. or a sinister conspiracy to prepare for a Nazi war of conquest against Soviet Russia. The Myths of Munich. a surrender to fear. 13 . The opponents of Munich saw in it an abdication by the two democratic powers. Munich was all these things. Taylor.

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