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The origins of the Second World War are one of the most popular topics in twentieth century history Ever since the war came to an end controversy has surrounded its outbreak It is important to remember however that the Second World War had short-term as well as long-term causes and that these were not so simple and clear-cut as it may perhaps seem at first The German Fuhrer Hitler used realpolitik and Machiavellian tactics to further his cause in that he plotted the destruction of Czechoslovakia and the invasion of Poland very much in advance Politically and diplomatically he made sure that Germany seemed reasonable and that she held the higher moral ground as demonstrated by his making it seem like Germany had been dealt an unbearable provocation by Czechoslovakia to which he had to respond In doing this he also made sure Czechoslovakia would be on her own as indeed the Czechs the French and the British succumbed to his deliberately increasing as he wanted negotiations to fail demands It can therefore be seen that Hitler viewed war as an acceptable ideological vehicle and tool of foreign policy He planned for war as can plainly be seen from evidence such as his books Mein Kampf 1924-25 and the Secret Book 1928 as well as from the Hossback Memorandum Similarly a German Foreign secretary quoted him as saying in a confidential meeting that he would destroy Czechoslovakia Hitler was thus more than willing to use aggressive war-making to achieve his goals which were the revision of the Versailles Treaty Anschluss the unification of all German-speaking peoples and Lebensraum the attainment of living space in Eastern Europe including the USSR In this we can see that Germany was certainly pushing for war against Eastern European countries in the late 1930s Some of the arguments presented by Hitler and others for invading some Eastern European countries do bear some weight in this analysis of the causes
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