|Write an essay in answer to
the question at the top of this page. As always good work will be awarded merits and
the very best will be displayed here.
This is an evaluative 'overview' question that invites you
to consider all the factors that contributed to the outbreak
of WWII. This is partly a revision activity, but also a
reminder that all evaluative essays must be balanced. Even if
you feel that the foreign policy was largely to blame, you must
not ignore other important 'factors' such as the role of the League
of Nations, appeasement and the Nazi Soviet Pact.
an essay planning sheet.
On Hitler's foreign policy
aims see Mason (34-5). The
investigation in McAleavy ('Hitler's war' 82-85) is essential. The
table on page 84 identifies five other factors apart from Hitler's
foreign policy that helped contribute to the war. The review section
(86-7) like Mason, is also a good overview.