World War II : Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire

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Dones 1 Andres Dones Mrs. Sosa ENG 1550 23 January 2016 World War II: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire On June 28, 1919, the leaders of Germany were forced by Allied leaders to sign the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty devastated Germany, taking huge swaths of territory from it (including the coveted Alsace and Lorraine region for which so much blood had been spilled), put Germany 's leader Wilhelm II on trial (creating great political instability), and effectively put the entire debt of the war into Germany 's hands. This led to an immense depression and widespread poverty throughout the country and political isolation. The Allied leaders could not imagine that this treaty would create the conditions that would cause for the rise of fascism, a burning desire of revenge, and feelings of racial superiority leading to the greatest war the world has ever seen: World War II. Germany (then called the Weimar Republic) did not experience economic success in the 1920 's. The government 's idea to solve the depression was to increase social spending. They spent huge sums of money on public projects in order to decrease the unemployment rate. According to Daniel Castillo, "In 1913 the government was spending approximately 20.5 per resident; by 1925 it had risen to almost 65 marks per resident and finally in 1929 it reached over one hundred marks per resident." This along with they payment of the war debt sparked mass Dones 2 inflation. The German government 's plan was
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