Putzier 1. Tessa Putzier. Ms. Jeanne Bitz . Language Arts.
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Ms. Jeanne Bitz
March 27, 2017 The Causes Of World War Two
On June, 28 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. This treaty coupled with other factors, such as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, Europe’s policy of appeasement, and Germany’s invasion of Poland would lead to - and be direct causes of - World War II. In fact, when French military commander Marshal Foch heard of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, her observed with extreme accuracy - “This is not Peace. It is an Armistice for 20 years.” (Churchill, 7) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. People all around the world were extremely relieved, there was an almost universal…show more content… In 1924 and 1929 they agreed to pay reparations under the Dawes and Young Plans. Ultimately, the worldwide economic depression led to a cancellation of reparations in 1932 (“Treaty of Versailles”).
Before the Great Depression in Germany, the Nazis were not a popular party, nor were they widely known. In the Reichstag (similar to parliament) elections of 1928, the Nazi Party received 2.6% of the vote. In 1930, the worldwide economic depression hit Germany hard. Life in Germany was bleak, many people were jobless, and the overall quality of life was poor. It also didn’t help that many people linked the depression, with Germany’s “embarrassing” defeat during World War I. Germans believed their government to be weak, and unable to help with the depression (“The Nazis Rise To Power”).
The economic misery, the belief that things would only get worse, as well as frustration over their government’s inability to manage the depression was the perfect breeding ground for the spread of Adolf Hitler’s fascism. He was an extremely powerful speaker, and had an ability to tap into the anger felt by a lot of Germans (“The Nazis Rise To Power”).
Nazis relied on propaganda to help further their support. Their propaganda promised to restore jobs, reverse the Treaty of