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The root causes of World War 2 We can count many causes of World War 2 political and others but the three root causes of World War 2 were 1 The Prussian Militarism - developed in 200 years of history it was the force that made Germany so powerful and made it possible for a man like Adolf Hitler to gain total control of it 2 Adolf Hitler - a madman and political genius Adolf Hitler re-ignited the Prussian militarism after the German defeat in World War 1 and with this great power under his total control he started the greatest and cruelest war in history in his planned attempt to vastly expand Germany and to dominate the entire world 3 Appeasement - Britain and France could easily stop Hitler when Germany was still weak but their war-traumatized pacifist desire to totally avoid violence just helped Hitler rebuild Germanys military strength more rapidly until it was too late to stop him The Prussian Militarism For many centuries the territory of modern Germany was divided between over 300 German-speaking small and independent political units ruled by small absolute princes Prussia in eastern Germany with Berlin its capital city was one of these many countries The Prussian militarism started with Friedrich Wilhelm I The soldier king of Prussia 1713-1740 then a small kingdom around Berlin and developed for over 200 years making Prussia one of the most militarist countries in history A military that has a state Prussia was an efficient and strictly disciplined military-oriented state with a militarist mentality and the worlds most effective army Prussia was initially just a small agricultural state with little resources but The soldier king and his successors with an impressive combination of merciless iron will and organizational talent converted it to a modern Sparta Prussia typically spent 65 - 85 of its budget on its military an enormous spending Such a system could be sustained for so long only
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