The Aftermath Of The World War I

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The early twentieth century was a chaotic and violent period that left Europe on the brink of total collapse. The aftermath of “the war to end all wars” was devastating. With seventeen million people dead, and twenty million wounded, World War I was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. European leaders gathered at the Conference of Versailles in an attempt to broker a Treaty that would end the war, and help rebalance Europe. Yet, the Treaty was doomed to failure, as French representative George Clemence, and British representative Lloyd George looked to politically destroy Germany. Despite the fact that Austria-Hungary played a larger part in the war, these leaders held Germany almost entirely responsible, and used the conference as a backdrop to try to humiliate and destabilize Germany. Only President Woodrow Wilson, of the United States, sought to broker an agreement that was both fair and reasonable to the Germans, who began to see Wilson as their only hope against the vengeful French and British representatives. Unfortunately, Wilson could not garner peace, and his failure ultimately contributed to causing World War II. His inability to create a fair and reasonable Treaty cultivated German anger and resentment towards the rest of the world, and left them financially and emotionally vulnerable to the malicious dictator, Adolf Hitler.
The Treaty of Versailles was meant to help restabilize Europe, and end the animosity that the differing European countries…
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