How and why was Germany allowed to annex Austria and the Sudtenland?

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In the 1930s, the countries that eventually made up the Axis Powers began to take land in Europe and in Asia. Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and China in 1937. Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935. In 1936, Germany moved its military into the Rhineland. In 1938, Germany took over Austria and made known its desire to take over the Sudetenland.

Hitler believed that regions with German speaking people should be ruled by Germany. Thus, in 1938, Hitler moved into Austria and took over the country. This event was known as the Anschluss. Some of the Allied leaders believed that if Hitler got some land, he would be satisfied and then peace would occur. Some Allied leaders also were sympathetic with Hitler’s goal of uniting Germany speaking regions under the control of Germany. The Allied leaders were...

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