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To what extent was the remilitarisation of the Rhineland a threat to European peace in the 1930s?

To some extent, the remilitarisation of the Rhineland was not a threat as there was no war outbreak, because there was no threat of a war, Britain and France made what was happening in Abyssinia their main priority. They did not want to waste their time with Germany “walking into their own back garden.” Also, Britain had originally thought that the Treaty or Versailles was too tough on Germany and the Treaty was made such a while back; Britain wanted to move on and didn’t see what the issue was with Hitler moving his troops into the Rhineland despite it going against what was allowed.

On the other hand, the remilitarisation of the Rhineland was a threat to an extent as it gave Hitler so much confidence. Hitler was at first testing the waters, wanting to see if Britain or France would stop him but once they didn’t, it gave him the confidence and make him feel even more unstoppable. If Britain or France had stopped him then he would have realised his attempts to go against the Treaty of Versailles wouldn’t go as planned. Because they didn’t, Hitler now thinks he is able to go through with more and more of his plans and initially breaking more and more rules. He’s now able to able to take over more land as his confidence grows; realising Britain and France aren’t going to do much to stop…...

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