Hitler said the trauma of defeat made him convinced that the Jews caused it. The defeat of the German war shocked many Germans. The Communist posed violent revolution throughout Germany. Germany now faced political, economical and social problems in months and years. Mean while the German politicians
The treaty of Versailles, created by the allied nations, aimed itself at weakening Germany as much as possible. The treaty forced a German loss of territory, massive economical problems, which again were only worsened by the great depression in the 1930s and forced a large number of German people to flee their country. It also severely weakened the German government, so that when the time came, it became a lot easier for Hitler on his way to power in Germany with fascism and nazism. And in most people’s opinion, Hitler is the main character and factor of the Second World War. But without the treaty of Versailles, Hitler was most likely to fail on his path to power in Germany, and would never have succeeded to start a war in the first place.
World War 2 started on 3 September 1939. Although there were many cause for the war, like the failure of the Treaty of Versailles, threat of communism, and appeasement. Hitler and the Nazi party were the main cause, they were linked with all other causes, making them stand out as the ‘main cause’. Everything that had happened after World War 1; the Treaty of Versailles, the Great Depression, Communism and Fascism, all helped Hitler gain trust from the Germans, as he said he would ‘make Germany great again’. Starting another world war within 20 years of the ‘war that was meant to end all wars’.
The Treaty of Versailles was the Treaty signed by Germany, France, Britain, and the USA in 1919 on June 28th. The “Big Three” all had their personal aggressions towards Germany and as a result the Treaty was rather harsh. The Treaty of Versailles was significant to some extent to Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 because it left the people of Germany vulnerable and confused which made Hitler’s extreme ideas easier to appeal to. Economically, it left Germany’s economy in tatters due to the reparations. Socially, there was the war guilt clause which caused an outrage amongst the German people.
Treaty of Versailles signed The Treaty of Versailles put an end to the chaos of WWI. Germany was forced to pay reparations, restrict the size of their army, and take complete responsibility for the war. Detailed in the War Guilt Clause, Germany had to agree that they were the only nation to have caused WWI. This had lasting effects on the Germans, and contributed to the rise of Hitler. The Treaty of Versailles made Germany angry, and look for a scapegoat, often finding that in the Jews.
Germany had been an empire until the First World War, the loss of which shook the German people to their very foundations. The psychological impact of going from an empire to a defeated nation was utterly traumatic. At the same time, Marxism was raging throughout Europe, toppling numerous governments and seen as a threat everywhere by the establishments. Hitler made people feel they were great again and played to their nationalistic and patriotic sentiments. It was easier for people to believe they were great and stab them in the back than to believe they had been failures and deserved what was happening to them.
Hitler's rise to power cannot be attributed to a single factor, but a combination of events, some of which were happening outside of Germany, the strength of the Nazi party and the weakness of the other parties attributed greatly to his rise. Hitler used these factors to his advantage and in 1933 he legitimately gained power to become the chancellor of Germany. The treaty of Versailles was one of the most important factors that led to Hitler's rise to power in Germany. From Germany's point of view the treaty was incredibly harsh and devastating that left them feeling humiliated. The treaty required them to relinquish their military power, substantial portions of their land, their say in international affairs and their respect.
In imposing the Treaty, the victorious Allies designed the agreement in order to attempt to solve the 'problem' of Germany. Instead of cultivating a partnership with Germany and given them little cause for resentment, the Allies chose to almost virtually eliminate Germany's ability to revive itself in the future. The Treaty of Versailles extremely crippled the productive capacity of Germany by annexing 13% of its territory, including the region of Alsace-Lorraine, the industrial heartland of Germany, and the resource-rich Saar Basin, which provided Germany with its
World War one, also known as the war to end all wars, lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Germany was one of the central powers in World War One. Their biggest enemy was the Allied forces. Throughout the war, many factors such as the failure of Schlieffen Plan and the unrestricted submarine warfare had brought Germany closer and closer to failure in World War one. On 11 November 1918, Germany finally surrendered .They then received a lot of consequences such as the treaty of Versailles.
Hitler had used propaganda and other tactics to make the German people eager for war. He used the treaty of Versailles as an example for the German people as their anger on the loss of World War one and their treatment under the treaty of Versailles to make them want to take revenge. Moreover, after a winter of waiting, Hitler resumed back to attack on April 9, 1940, nevertheless, as The Blitzkrieg tactic had succeeded on Poland, Hitler attacked Denmark and Norway and occupied them. One month later, Germany launched attacked on Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The main assault was through the Luxembourg and the Ardennes Forest.
Some of the short term impacts that happened are, at the time it had reduced the number of effective empires in the world. It brought them all the way down to 2 effective empires, the United States and the Soviet Union. During World War 2 another short term impact that causes a huge problem was when it bankrupted the British. Though the good thing was that it occupied the French which the United Nations then planned attack against them since they had become allies with the Germans. Also Hitler claimed that Austria was on there side and then invade and took it over.