Power Transition Theory Essay

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Power Transition Theory in Relation to World War II In the early twentieth century, Germany paved the road that would soon be one of the main causes of World War II. Due to the instability in Europe the First World War created, it allowed for a leader, by the name of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers’ Party or Nazi Party, to come into power. His party represented a combination of extreme hatred for those politicians who they viewed had dishonored Germany by signing the Treaty of Versailles that blamed the war on Germany and forced the country to pay billions of dollars as a result for damages and oppressed the local complaints against the weak federal government. (Open.edu)
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Power transition theory is a theory that the largest wars result from challenges to the top position in the status hierarchy, when a rising power is surpassing (or threatening to surpass) the most powerful state. In this case, Germany, was rising from essentially the ashes that was World War I and the debt that was placed upon them, which at the time was thirty-three billion dollars, translated to today’s worth of about four hundred and two billion dollars. Once Germany saw themselves as a powerful enough state, they started to spread and take control over boarding states that were weaker, in an attempt to strength their empire, so to speak. Such attempt proved to be successful until Adolph Hitler made the mistake of entering and invading Russia, which exposed Hitler because the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was then disregarded and accelerated the war. Because of this mistake of Adolph Hitler and the mistake of Japan, in involving the United States by attacking Pearl Harbor, it brought another powerful state into the war, which was essentially Germany’s attempt at transitioning power to themselves. The end result though was not in their

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