The Road to World War II, 1933-39

This podcast is designed to present the key reasons for the breakout of World War 2 by explaining the different impacts of Hitler’s aims and actions, the policy of appeasement, the problems caused by the peace treaties, the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the failures of the League of Nations.

The first part of the podcast deals with Hitler’s aims: abolish the Treaty of Versailles, expand German territory, and remove the threat of communism.  It explains how his policies were designed to fulfill these aims.  Key actions from the first years of Hitler’s Chancellorship that are described include: rearmament, remilitarisation of the Rhineland, his role in the Spanish Civil War, and Anschluss with Austria.

The podcast then goes on to assess appeasement.  Arguments in favour of, and against, the policy of appeasement are presented.  This is followed by an explanation of the Sudetenland Crisis, the Munich Agreement and the Nazi-Soviet Pact.  The views of historians are considered.

This episode concludes with a brief explanation of how to answer an examination question on this topic.


13 Responses to The Road to World War II, 1933-39

  1. it really helped me to understand the concepts to World War II which started in 1939 and ended in 1945

  2. Karen Aline says:

    I really hate the way your word your sentence. It doesnt make sense to me and I’m sure im not the only one who thinks this. Please be better as your the reason i could fail or pass my GCSE’s.. If majority fail its because of you…

    • Mr Allsop says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Before criticising the sentence composition of a completely free website (that you have no obligation to use) you might want to check your grammar first.

    • Zainab W says:

      I’m listening to these podcasts on full volume, and every now and then, one of my family members would come in and tell me to make my sentence structures and speech as clear and refined as Mr. Allsop’s. Maybe you are just used to watching sitcoms or something so formal language seems odd to you.

    • Tina says:

      this is the funniest and most ridiculous thing I’ve seen all day. Thanks, lmao. If you rely on a random guy online to pass your GCSEs then there’s clearly something wrong with you. It’s literally a free online source not specifically n=made for you:)

  3. Axess says:

    dear sir thanks a lot for the wonderful resources 🙂

  4. Krish says:

    Are these podcasts enough or do you have to still read the textbook and use other textbooks and online resources? Thanks in advance. Let me know, Mr. Allsop.

    • Mr Allsop says:

      The podcasts can be part of your revision, but definitely should not be the only resource you use.

  5. anonymous says:

    Thanks for the podcasts!!

  6. anonymous says:

    thanks for this vedio!

  7. James Chapman says:

    Will there be transcripts available for the revision podcasts as they were for the ones on the Gulf War unit?
    Thank you for the excellent resources.


  8. SB says:

    Thank you so much for this video! Really helped me understand this part of the course.

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