What would be a simple yet insightful thesis statement for the causes of WW II using these three causes: appeasement, effects of the Great Depression, and militarism.

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A simple yet insightful thesis statement about the causes of World War II might be something along these lines: World War II was in part caused by the humiliating effects that the Great Depression had on Germany; as a result, Germany turned to militarism, and western countries met this increasing threat with a policy of appeasement. This statement means that Germany, which was forced to pay large sums of money in reparations after losing World War I, was further debilitated by the Great Depression because American and European banks could no longer afford to loan Germany money to pay their reparations, largely to England and France. As a result of their economic distress and wounded nationalism, Germany started to remilitarize under the Nazis. At first, other nations did not understand that Hitler would not be stopped, and in the Munich Conference of 1938, Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister, followed a policy of appeasement by giving Hitler a part of Czechoslovakia in return for agreeing to stop future conquests. Of course, this policy of appeasement was a failure, as Hitler would continue to try to take over Europe and other parts of the world. 

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