The 1930's: The Road to War

  • Wall Street Crash

    Wall Street Crash
    The value of shares on the American stock market collapsed so people tried to sell their shares before the prices fell even further. At this time, the economic crisis troughtout the world started. The world economy depended on the USA. This one was by far the most important manufacturing country in the world; many countries like France and Italy were afected, but the most affected was Germany, because as it was in doubt with the USA, it was pressed to give the many back.
  • Mussolini wanted a war

    Mussolini wanted a war
    By the early 1930s, Italy was suffering form the Depression. Mussolini wanted successful war to strengthen his position at home.He goes to war to began a military compaign to extend italys influence in Europe and Africa.
  • Hitler's luck

    Before the American crisis, the Nazi party was very small. But on september 1930 it became the second largest party in Germany when it won 107 seats.
    Both nazis and comunist agreed that democracy was weak and worthless.
  • Crisis in Manchuria

    Japan wanted their control in Manchuria so on september 1931, organized and armed clash with Chineses forces in Manchuria; Japan won and set up a goverment in that land.
    Both countries were members of the League of Nations, but this one did nothing to stop the war. Their only sent a committee to Manchuria, to find out what was happening. The committee made a report which critized Japan, accepted by the League. As Japan was not prepared to accepted any criticism, it left the League years later
  • The depression and Germany

    Germany factories were producing 60% less than 1928.
    One out of every three workers were unemployed. The crisis affected farmers and factories workers. The result was massive discontent
  • Weimar Republic went down

    Weimar Republic went down
    After the Wall Street Crash, Germany was in crisis, and the goverment in that moment was the Weimar Republic. People started looking at new parties like nazis, who promised hope
  • Isolationism

    After the election of Roosevelt, the US became even more isolationist. Politicians were more interesteed in rebuilding the American economy.
  • Germany out of the League of Nation

    Germany out of the League of Nation
    As Germany grew up so quickly, the League of Nations invited it to join it. Hitler had despised the League since it was set up. A year later he took the power, Germany left the League.
  • Taken Power

    Hitler finally take the power in 1933. He was to remain Chancellor of Germany until is suicide in 1945 at the end of th Second World War.
  • The end of Democracy

    After elections in March 1933, Hitler took complete control. Democracy came to an end when the Reichstag passed the so-called "Enabling Law".
    Hitler was now the dictator of Germany
  • The rise of Hitler

    The rise of Hitler
    He joined to a group called the German's workers party en 1890. The group started growing and in 1920 the party changed his name to National Socialist Workers' party. After election in March 1933 Hitler took complete control.
  • The night of the long knives

    The night of the long knives
    Between June 30 and July 2 of 1934, a purge that took place in Nazi Germany when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political executions. Most of those killed were members of the Sturmabteilung.
  • The Soviet Union became part of the League

    The Soviet Union became part of the League
    The Soviet Union became a member of the League of Nations.
  • The Stresa Front

    It was an anti-German grouping of Italy, Britain and Franc instead Germany, to "keep the peace in Europe"
  • The Italian attack on Abyssinia

    The Italian attack on Abyssinia
    It began on 3 October 1935. The League tried to stop Italy thrugh the use of economic sanctions but these didn't iclude baning on the sale of oli and petroil.
  • The Hoare-Laval Pact

    The Hoare-Laval Pact
    In December 1935 the British Foreign Secretary, Hoare, designed a compromise, known as the Hoare-laval Pact, under which Abyssinia would have been divided in two, with Italy given the richer part.
  • The League ban the sale of oil and petroil

    In March 1936, they finally decided to ban the sale of oil and petrol to Italy but by this time it was too late. In May, Italy won the war.
  • Rhineland

    Hitler ordered German troops to march into the Rhineland. Two years later he broke the Traty again by unting Germany with Austria.
  • Anti-Comintern Pact

    Anti-Comintern Pact
    Italy, German and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, they ppldged to fight against communism.
  • Anschluss

    On 11 March 1938 the German army invaded Austria. In the city of Vienna alone 76.000 people were arrested in the aftermath of the invasion
  • Czechoslovakia

    German invaded Czechoslovakia and France and Britain do nothing.
  • Appeasement

    Is the Chamberlain's policy of trying to satisfy Hitler's demands.
  • The Munich Conference

    The Munich Conference
    The Munich conference began on 29 September. A day later the British and French Prime Ministers agreed with Hitler on the terms of the annexation of the Sudetenland.
  • The Sudetenland

    The Sudetenland
    On 1 October German troops marched unopposed into the Sudetenland. The Czech President, was forced to go into exile.
  • The Nazi-Soviet Pact

    The Nazi-Soviet Pact
    In 1939 Stalin amazed the world by doing a deal with his deadly enemy. Hitler Within a few days of the signing of the nazi-soviet pact the Second World War broke out.
  • Declaration of War

    Declaration of War
    After German forces entered polish on 1 september, The British and the French goverments declared war on Germany. The second World War had begun.