Essay on A2 History Coursework

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A2 History Coursework
Using these four passages and your own knowledge, asses the view that international diplomacy failed to achieve stability in Europe from 1919 to 1930.
According to most of the interpretations, international diplomacy wasn’t the reason to why there was stability in Europe between 1919 to 1930. After the First World War many countries were unstable and economically drained. However the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles were put in place to make sure that another war would not occur again and that Germany pays for the First World War.
According to interpretation D, the American historian Donald Kagan agrees with the statement that international diplomacy failed to achieve stability in Europe. This is
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He continues to say that the fact that Britain encouraged the revision of the treaty because they believed that the treaty of Versailles was too harsh on Germany had given the Germans the impression that they didn’t feel that it was necessary to go along with it. In addition USA helped Germany pay its reparations ‘investment of capital in Germany’ in the form of the Dawes plan and Young plan. This encouraged Germany not to take the treaty as a punishment, ‘By the end of the 1920s Germany was essentially free of the checks imposed on it by the Versailles treaty’ this was because they had joined the league of nation in 1926, they also signed the Locarno pact in 1925 to show the rest of the world that they could be trusted even though they weren’t actually following the treaty rules the Germans still however where still resentful and angry because of the heavy punishment they had received, according to Kagan ‘almost all Germans were still resentful over the territorial settlement’ for example the Rhineland. This implies that no matter who had been in power that war was inevitable because the German people were angry that they had to take the blame of the First World War. The German truly believed that they hadn’t lost the war due to the fact that most of the fighting was in France nothing was really destroyed. The German people saw the treaty of Versailles as a diktat they felt that they’ve
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