In 1914, Germany and Austria-Hungary allied against France, Britain, USA and Italy in World War 1. The war resulted in resentment towards the Germans. Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, established a treaty that would bring everlasting peace. For the Germans however, the treaty served as a punishment, as they were required to accept the responsibility for causing all of the damage. Germany was angered by the treaty as they would have to pay for reparations and take responsibility for everything. Territorial losses, militarism, economic reparations and blame were all causes of World War II.
At the end of WWI many countries blamed Germany for starting the war. These countries used the Treaty of Versailles to punish Germany. These punishments included loss of land and military, infeasible reparations, and complete humiliation; this is how the Treaty of Versailles directly caused WWII.
World War I is a war that took the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and over 7 million civilians, and wounded 10 million more. It was a conflict between the Axis powers, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Turkey, and the Allies, France, England, Russia, and Italy. After the war ended the leaders met at the Versailles Palace just outside of Paris for a treaty to settle future disputes and avoid war. The treaty was finally signed on June 28, 1919 and because Germany was responsible for war damageous and costs, they were angry and humiliated. The Treaty of Versailles lead to World War II through territorial losses, military restrictions, economic war reparations, and war guilt.
The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, and because Germany had lost the war, the treaty was very harsh against Germany. The treaty stated that Germany must accept full responsibility for the previously ended war and pay thirty three billion dollars for the damages that remained from the war. This treaty left Germany and the citizens with a shattered economy and chaos. The Treaty of Versailles left many Germans angry and frustrated due to the long term effects it
Around 17 million soldiers and civilians are dead, a defeat against Germany, and all that was gained was a treaty. The Versailles Treaty was created to set the terms of the peace between nations, and was signed on June 28, 1919. From August 1914 to November 1918 Germany and Austria-Hungary pitted against France, England, Russia and eventually the United States went to war, also known as the Great war, known as World War I. (Hook) But did the Versailles Treaty help cause World War II? At the conference of the treaty Germany was given no voice, but Georges Clemenceau the Prime Minister of France didn’t agree that the treat would guarantee independence for the national groups in Eastern Europe and the creation of the League of Nations. France had suffered terribly in the war and wanted Germany to pay.(B. Essay) The Treaty of Versaille had punished Germany too heavily in four way: in land, in gold, in resources and in reduced military strength.
There were other reasons that the Versailles treaty upset Germany and therefore contributes to World War II. For example, the territorial losses, the economic losses and the war guilt helped cause World War II. However the main underlying cause of the War was the War Guilt. In this the Germans felt humiliated and angry. Adolf Hitler was able to use this anger to to build German pride and strengthen the military. This evidently led to the formation of the Nazi party. The Germans were suffering from the losses the Treaty of Versailles and as a result Adolf Hitler took power which later he would help cause World War
The treaty of versailles caused world war 2 was because of disagreements and laws in Germany. One great example shows, “Germany must not exceed in one hundred thousand men including officers”(Doc B). When the treaty was made it stated that Germany had to reduce their military strength over a half which during that time was a joke. Not only does there military reduce in size but also, “The Allied and associated governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the lose and responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the lose damage”(Doc d). The Allied powers sought to blame Germany for there crimes of causing the war, however that information is to be false. Russia actually started it when they claimed war on Austria Hungary, but even still Germany was blamed for causing the war which made people in Germany very angry. Lastly, “ The allies continued in the years after 1919 to regard treaty as an international contract but most Germans could even name provisions”(Doc d. N.pag). The treaty was still into play for only a few years only to soon be broken. Disagreements helped spark world war 2 as Germans took the blame and made them pay which aggravated them causing hatred towards the allies.
The Treaty of Versailles was created by all of the European nations involved in World War I. There was one country that was not allowed to have any say in the treaty and that country was Germany. Later, Germany and other countries would engage in yet another world war. The Treaty of Versailles helped cause World War II as seen through the German territorial losses, severe reparations placed on Germany, and the military restrictions placed on Germany.
How significant was the Treaty of Versailles to Germany? This is the question that has been posed to us for our first analytical history essay. I will go into depth about my opinions on both the long-term and short-term effects of the Treaty of Versailles. I believe that the Treaty had a powerful impact on Germany- it practically ruined their economy, and gave the Germans all the more reason to hate the Allies, eventually contributing to the beginning of World War 2. Although the Allies had a right to demand certain things from Germany (as they were the instigators of the war), they should have been more lenient and taken Germany’s poor economic situation into account. The war was a mistake on the part of the German government, but it was the people who payed the price. I have taken into account Germany’s loss of territory, the war guilt, the economical effects of the Treaty, and the armaments and discussed them in this essay.
The inability to enforce the Treaty of Versailles played an important role in the starting of World War II. The weight of enforcing the rules of the Treaty was put all on the shoulders of Britain and France. It was hard to impose because some major powers did not sign the Treaty like the United States and the Soviet Union. The loss of the support from major powers had affected the Treaty of Versailles, because it made it harder to know what Germany was doing, and how to take action to prevent it. Many politicians also felt that the Treaty was too harsh on Germany, and that some rules on the Treaty should be overturned. Germany in World War I was blamed for everything, lost a lot of land and was restricted from doing many things. When the Treaty was created, the terms were not fair, and Hitler realized this and wanted to get back what was `rightfully` his. When Hitler began obtaining territories everyone was fine with it, because it was understandable since Germany`s restrictions in the Treaty
As a result of World War I, Germany was forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles, made to pay for the war, and had to disarm themselves, which directly led into World War II. Germany went down the tubes after they were forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles. There economy crashed and there money had just about no value. Many people that World War II was just a 20 year break from World War I. They were right because just about 20 years later World War II started. There are many things that could contribute to starting the war but these are the main point and the most recognized.
Based on the map in Document A, the Versailles Treaty forced Germany to give back Alsace and Lorraine to France. They were also mandated to lose the Polish Corridor, the northern area of Eastern Prussia, and a small area in Northern Germany near Denmark (map on Doc. A). Not only that, but Western Germany was also demilitarized (map on Doc. A). Adolf Hitler stated that, “...the restoration of the frontiers of 1914 could be achieved only by blood (Doc. A).” That is a powerful and meaningful statement that Hitler has made. This clearly indicates that the frontiers that were lost because of the Versailles Treaty can be taken back only by battling. Meaning that the only way to solve their issues regarding their territories is through brutal combat. Which can possibly mean that the Versailles Treaty’s terms dealing with taking away German land can lead into a war for Germany to get back what they
The Treaty of Versailles,which ended WWI, led to the start of WWII. The Germans as one of the axis powers in world war II were the cause of world war II. The Treaty of Versailles treated Germany harshly in at least three ways is Territorial Loss, Military Reduction and Economic Reparation and War Guilt.
The First World War can only be described as having been devastating. Thanks to World War I, Europe was left in debt and largely devastated. Both sides, i.e. the winners and the losers, suffered casualties never experienced prior to the First Word War. Millions were killed and scores wounded. It is thus understandable that at the end of it all, the victors were seething with anger and seeking revenge. They sought to make those they blamed for the war as weak as possible and with this, the Treaty of Versailles was born. To date, this very treaty is regarded the major cause of the Second World War. Instead of creating peace, as it was intended, this treaty ended up triggering yet another conflict.