A timeline for GCSE Historians
A weak Republic, a series of political miscalculations, growing support for the Nazis under Hitler, and clever propaganda helps bring Hitler to power in Germany
A collapse in the US economy caused a world-wide economic slump that lasted well into the 1930s and some say did not end until the onset of WWII. European countries suffered especially, and the depression was a major factor in helping bring nationalists, such as Hitler, so the forefront of European politics.
Re-armament was against the Treaty of Versailles - but Hitler began this secretly at first - In March 1935 he publically announced the fact in a 'Freedom to rearm' rally in Berlin.
A major victory for Hitler - as the population of the Saar vote to be part of Germany.
Japan was under the leadership of hard-line anti-communists (e.g General Tojo) This pact pledged their opposition to communism.
Austria had a strong Nazi party - after putting pressure on the Austrian government, Hitler simply marched into Austria to 'restore order'. Another plebiscite was arranged - an overwhelming victory for Hitler.
Chamberlain flew to Germany to meet with Hitler in his mountain retreat! Chamberlain returns with the belief that if the Sudetenland is 'ceded' to Germany, (after a plebiscite) that would be the end of Hitler's demands.
Hitler 'disappoints' Chamberlain by increasing his demands to the whole of the Sudetenland....
At Munich, in a four power agreement (Germany, Italy, France and Britain) agreed that Germany should have the Sudetenland.