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Adolf Hitler 4 Essay, Research Paper Adolf Hitler s rearmament of Germany and formation of alliances combined with aggressive foreign policies were clear and calculated moves to achieve the goals of the new German state which eventually pushed the world into another war. Some historians will argue that Hitler did not plan to involve Germany in a full European war; but rather was an opportunist in the events leading up to the outbreak of war. On the contrary, by examining his published works in which Hitler envisioned a plan for the rise and expansion of Germany through warlike policies one can see that Adolph Hitler was not an opportunist but rather one who took necessary steps to achieve his goals. The rearmament of Germany allowed Hitler to proceed with his calculated

aggressive foreign policy. In addition, Germany s ability to establish alliances allowed Hitler to continue to rebuild the army and implement his aggressive policies in Europe. The occupation of the Rhineland, the crisis in Czechoslovakia and the invasion of Poland, are clear examples of Hitler s calculated statesmanship that would eventually become known as the origins of World War II. Adolf Hitler expressed his ideas of German supremacy in his book Mein Kampf, my struggle, while spending time in a prison in Germany. In this book Hitler offered a vision for German expansion into Eastern Europe through a policy known as Lebensraum. In 1922, Hitler stated, We should attempt the carving up of Russia with English help (Chodorow, 1990, p.839). In Mein Kampf, Hitler criticized William

II s over-ambitious foreign policy for separating Germany from Britain, France and Russia all at the same time. Hitler believed the only way to achieve world domination was in stages. Though he realized that conflicts would arise he did not want to get Germany involved in a war on two fronts as William II had in the First World War. Instead Hitler believed in forming an alliance with Britain to isolate Germany s constant enemy, France, and then to move against Russia to achieve Lebensraum. In 1928 in an unpublished second book, Hitler named the United States as the final obstacle in the quest for German world domination. It is clear that though his plans may not have been specific in detail Hitler was planning and calculating his moves in Europe. After becoming the new German

chancellor in 1933, Hitler stressed the rearmament of the German army and the formation of a strong Werchmacht was a top priority. Germany s new army would serve for the conquest of the new Lebensraum in the East and its ruthless Germanization (Chodorow, 1990, p.842). Germany s rearmament was a clear move to allow her to proceed with her foreign policies, which eventually led to the outbreak of war. At the conclusion of the First World War, the allies made a huge mistake by not allowing Germany to have representatives present on Germany s behalf at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This provided Hitler an excuse that he would later use to justify Germany s rearmament. The League of Nations first attempted to prevent Germany s rearmament during the Disarmament Conference of

1933. Hitler answered the league by withdrawing Germany s membership all together. In March of 1935, Germany declared her self-free of all disarmament provisions outlined by the Treaty of Versailles after both France and England began to rearm themselves. Next Hitler created the Luftwaffle, a new German airforce that was challenged by British and French protests. Hitler, a great statesman of his time silenced the protests caused by his violations of the Treaty of Versailles by signing the Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935. This agreement allowed, Hitler a fleet of 1/3 the size of Britain s (Chodorow, 1990, p.843). Hitler hoped that as long as Britain s naval and colonial supremacy was unchallenged, it would tolerate his defeat of France and the conquest of European Russia,