Causes Of The Treaty Of Versailles

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World War II lasted from 1939-1945, but conflicts started much earlier. The failure of the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Hitler and National Socialism in Germany, the system of allies, and the greed and desire for expansion all brought this epic war upon the world.
One cause was the Treaty of Versailles (1919). The Treaty of Versailles, signed June 28th, 1919, was created at the end of the First World War. The treaty was presented by the Allied powers, primarily the “Big Three” consisting of France, Britain, and the United States. The Treaty of Versailles created as many problems as it resolved. It took away all of Germany’s overseas land holdings and many regions such as Alsace and Lorraine were given to France. One region, all of
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The growth of National Socialism was another cause. National Socialism is the concept upon which the Nazi Party is built. In fact, Nazi is shorthand for the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party, but despite the name, this party despised socialism and Communism. Similar to Fascism, the Nazi Party was nationalistic, opposed democracy, and very militaristic. The Nazi Party would not have been able to achieve what it did without its “charismatic” leader, Adolf Hitler. Hitler was able to appeal to the masses, especially war veterans, nationalist, and racist groups. To Hitler and the Nazi Party, racism was at the center of their ideology. Hitler believed that, “... the spiritual purity of the German ‘folk’ (Volk) could be achieved only by removing from its midst the polluting presence of Communists, homosexuals, the physically and mentally handicapped, and, above all, the Jews” (Backman 973). He believed that Jews were always the enemy; that Jews were a “toxic infection” that endangered his master race, the “Aryans”. Hitler misused this term to describe white northern Europeans who he deemed “racially” pure.
The Nazis turned to violence and blackmail to strengthen their hold on Germany. As a result, Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany in January 1933. This was the position Hitler needed to enact his plan of eradicating the world of the
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