has been much debate amongst historians about Hitler's aims:
historians argue he had no aims at all, making up his policies as he
went along, responding to situations when they arose.
historians argue that Hitler wanted a 'Greater Germany' (the invasions
of Austria and the Sudetenland were claimed by Hitler to be the
regaining of Germans for Germany) –
but others have pointed out that ‘the move into the rest of
Czechoslovakia showed that Hitler wanted more than just German
historian AJP Taylor argued that Hitler simply continued the
aggressive foreign policy of pre-WWI Germany – but others point out
that he did not seek the return of Germany's former colonies.
historians – and Hitler himself – claimed that he wanted to
reverse the Treaty of Versailles:
My foreign policy was to abolish the Treaty
of Versailles. It is futile nonsense for the rest of the world
to pretend today that I did not reveal this program until 1933 or 1935 or
1937. Instead of listening to foolish chatter, these gentlemen
would have been wiser to read what I have written thousands of times.
talking on 15 March 1939.
– yet he left Germany's new western frontiers with France and Belgium
Ribbentrop claimed that Hitler’s primary motive was fear of
Communist Russia – “Hitler wanted a strong Reich at home and armed
against all eventualities should a military power arise in the
important was the policy of Lebensraum?
Hitler want war all along – perhaps to re-fight World War One?
Was World War Two a successful climax or a disastrous end to Hitler's
foreign policy? Hitler
himself said that "for
me, war is a means to other ends” and during
the war he claimed
"I am a war
leader against my own will."
on ideas in the Wellington
College, Belfast, website