Why was Hitler's foreign policy successful up to 1938?All events until 'anchluss' (union) with Austria.

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Hitler's foreign policy during this time was successful because none of the Allied powers was willing to fight to stop him.  It was also a success because some of the Allies, at least, felt that the Treaty of Versailles was too harsh.  This was one reason that they did not try to stop Hitler when he broke that treaty.

Prior to the Anschluss, Germany did little that seemed worth fighting over.  It did things like pulling out of the League of Nations and creating an alliance with Italy and Japan that was supposed to be based on anti-communism.  It remilitarized the Rhineland, which was, after all, its own territory.  None of those things was likely to inspire countries like England and France to go to war when they were so traumatized by what had happened in WWI.

The most provocative thing that Germany did was to participate in the Spanish Civil War.  However, they got in on the anti-communist side.  This helped make their actions seem legitimate to many in the international community who feared communism.

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