The Short-Term Significance of Adolf Hitler on International Relations 1933-1953.

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The short-term significance of Adolf Hitler on international relations 1933-1953.

Adolf Hitler, Nazi leader of the Third Reich had a profound effect on international relations from the very moment he became chancellor in 1933 to even after his death and the legacy he had left behind. It can be said that in the span of 20 years between 1933 and 1953 Hitler had huge short term significance on international relations, ranging from his views on the treaty of Versailles, war in Europe all the way through to the eventual split of Germany post 1945 following his death. By 1953 Hitler had a catastrophic effect on international relations, he had left Europe in ruins and effectively sowed the seeds for the cold war between The United States of
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Terry Morris' view of Adolf Hitler's direct defiance in his book Europe 1870-1991 can also be supported by the book World War II by Simon Adams [10]¸ where it states that Hitler moved his troops back into the Rhineland which was made demilitarized after World War I. This shows that Hitler openly opposed the Versailles Treaty and would do anything to regain German territory that had been lost in 1919. This represented the weakness of the international community and had unimaginable consequences in the years to come.
In 1937 further hostility grew towards Hitler's Germany, Hermann Goering saw Britain as Germany's "Enemy in chief" [11]. He was quoted for asking a British visitor "first we shall overrun Czechoslovakia and then fight the Russians, I don't understand why you British have a problem with it" [12]. Goering's comments were hugely significant and reliable considering he was one of Hitler’s henchmen ; through Goering we can see Hitler's frustrations at German expansion in the hunt for Lebensraum. In November 1937 Lord Halifax was sent at British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's request to visit Hitler and find out his intentions, he reported that "the difference between the two systems was too great to be bridged [13]" Following this startling declaration by Halifax Neville Chamberlain decided that Hitler had to be stopped