War and Peace
The greater threat to world peace in the 20s, 30s, and 40s is a point that could be argued and debated upon for essays on piles of essays. The true threats of world peace were those who were naïve enough to believe that a people can be totally humiliated as the Germans were in the Treaty of Versailles following World War I and not be subject to promises of regained glory. Throughout the 1920s, the world was relatively peaceful—save perhaps the Italian “revolution” by Mussolini who had his Fascist government set up fully by the year 1926 and the Beer Hall Putsch led by Adolf Hitler in 1923.
With the crushing of the revolution by the Bavarian government (which was completely riddled full of Nazi sympathizers), Hitler was sentenced to the minimum five years in prison at Landsberg Castle in Munich where he had a Martha Stewart-esque term of “hard-time.” Even at his trial, he spoke as if it were a political rally! Hitler’s book was inspired from the encouragement of other members of the Nazi party, Emile Maurice his chauffeur being the original “writer” until young Rudolf Hess took over shortly after Hitler began to dictate the book. Hitler originally titled his autobiography “Four Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice” (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERmein.htm). The publishers thought the title to be too long and instead changed it to Mein Kampf which translates to “My Struggle.”
After Hitler’s release from prison, his political party was willing and raring to go—having taken several large donations as well as small donations from the working class of German citizens. He was then able to win a significant portion of the election of 1932 and was then appointed German Chancellor, but when the German President died in 1934, the true march to the end of world peace was on. It first began with the attempt to acquire Austria as part of the German country, but that attempt was quickly smacked down due to threats by Mussolini to use his own armies to stop Hitler’s advance. However, this backbone was not exerted by other “Allied Powers” of World War I. The United States had taken a isolationist stand on European politics, the only benefactors being the new Fascist regimes in Europe. In 1934, Germany began open rearmament of its military and participated in the Spanish Revolution—a sort of...