Sometimes blame is not easy to find. The Treaty of Versailles had ended the “war to end all wars”. In it, the allied powers-- France, Britain, and America-- had come to a decision on what Germany’s punishment would be. The Germans were not fond of the agreed upon conditions since Germany no say in the treaty. Is the Treaty of Versailles to blame for World War Two?
The Underlying Cause of World War I World War I was the start of a series of battles to come. The countries involved in the war were: the United States, Russia, Italy, Britain, and France allied against Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire. World War I lasted four long years, between the years of 1914 to 1918, which was much longer than anyone had expected. During those four years, 20,000,000 people had died. In the late 19th century, the leaders of European thought that creating a balance of power would prevent this occurrence.
America sent approximately 4,355,000 troops in which 126,000 were killed and 264,000 were wounded.6 The country’s troops weren’t their only contribution to the Allies; America had an exceptional economic stance because of the loans that Britain and France owed America because of bought supplies.11 America could then use their money to buy more supplies and “out-gun” the enemies; helping the Allies financially and industrially. They also were a critical role in the Second Battle of Marne which was the last German offensive play in the war.8 America had sent fresh troops to help the Allies against the tired and exhausted French, British and German troops.11 Had America not joined the Allies the result of World War 1 might have been different from what it
America felt that trades between them and allied nations were being taken advantage of, and they felt that they just needed to end the war. The longer the war went on the more American citizens were wanting to join the war, so people helped push America into the Great War. America would have stayed neutral in WW1 if Germany didn 't test them every point. They really tested the U.S. when they torpedoed the British Passenger ship the Lusitania, which broke international laws called Cruise Rules. Americans didn 't care about the law as much as the 128 Americans who
Unlike the British army, the American army consisted of 20,000 inexperienced troops and faced desperate shortages of firearm, uniforms, and food. Although America faced many disadvantages over the powerful Great Britain, with their advantage of a home based war, help from overseas, great leadership, and the patriotism of its citizens who willingly gave their lives to defend their ideal of a country, resulted in a successful outcome. The Revolutionary war was held on American grounds, giving the Americans an advantage and a setback for the British. The location of the war presented Great Britain with fighting a war far from home. The distance caused sending troops and supplies over across the Atlantic to not only be costly, but also time consuming because it sometimes
This was one of the biggest impacts on Germany all throughout World War I and it even partially drifted directly into World War II. As stated earlier, the Treaty of Versailles blamed Germany for starting the war. Thus, Germany was held accountable for the cost of the damage caused during the war and the Treaty of Versailles stated that Germany was to pay reparations to the Allies (France, Russia, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States). These reparations would be paid monthly and would total up to 6,600 million dollars in Germany. In the United States, that would be a total of 8,118,000 US
Even General Eisenhower himself had a bad feeling about conducting the operation. Nevertheless, the switch from a peripheral strategy to one of targeting the center of gravity was a correct move for the Allies. One, Allied forces were much more prepared to carry out a cross-Channel attack than they were in 1943 because they now had more ships and troops to assault through northern France. Two, the German army was greatly weakened in their failed efforts to save Rommel in North Africa. Three, the United States and Great Britain had successfully come to realization that the center of gravity was Germany itself.
Introduction World War I came to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. The treaty was signed to create lasting peace. The treaty was negotiated between the three allied powers of Britain, France and the United States with no participation from Germany. The treaty 's negotiations revealed a split between the three allied powers with France intending to weaken Germany in such a manner that it would make it impossible for it to renew hostilities. However, Britain and the United States objected to some of the provisions because of the fear that it would be a pretext for another war.
Wilhelm believed an alliance between England and Germany would be more powerful. Bismarck wanted to keep France politically isolated. But when Wilhelm didn’t renew Russia’s reinsurance policy, it turned to France for an ally. This ended France’s isolation. Second, Bismarck wanted to make Germany a European power.
During the last decade of the 19th century, not much changed in Britain’s foreign policy. At the beginning of the 1890s the country was still enjoying its splendid isolation but as the decade progressed on, the isolation policy began to fall apart because there were finally some rivalling naval powers and Britain was forced to get involved in continental policies as well as colonial. The real turning point was the arrival of the 20th century after which the British foreign policy went through multiple changes, most of which in the form of alliances that nobody saw coming. During the change of century, Britain was busy with the South African war. Although Britain had a much bigger army as her advantage, she was struggling to win the war against the Boers and as her last desperate try to end it on her terms, she had the villages destroyed and the inhabitants sent to concentration camps.
This war dealt with the Triple Alliance, the Triple Entente, the Central Powers, and the Allies. After this war ended on November 11, 1918, leaders from the countries made a treaty called the Treaty of Versailles. After this treaty was made, many things happened and the question in many people 's minds was how did this treaty cause WWII? The Treaty of Versailles helped cause WWII by treating Germany harshly in these three ways: Their army was reduced, they lost territory, and the number one reason is all of the blame Germany got. One way that the Treaty of Versailles treated Germany harshly was the way that it reduced their army.
What is considered a scapegoat? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a scapegoat means: one that bears the blame for others. Germany was viewed as a scapegoat of the Central Powers after the First World War, which made impact on Europe and the U.S. ― World War I began after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, involved many countries, had two fronts, and ended on the 11th of November, 1918 (BG Essay) ― and all the devastation and destruction followed. Germany gets to be blamed and called for the damages due to the creation of the Treaty of Versailles with the help of leaders of nations. How did the Versailles Treaty, which was formed months after the end of the First World War, help cause the Second World War?
On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. World War I caused the deaths of nearly ten million soldiers and up to thirteen million non-combatants. Catastrophic property and industry losses occurred, especially in France, Belgium, Poland, and Serbia. So in an attempt to avoid future conflict of the same scale, the Allies allowed the Central Powers no participation in the treaty’s negotiations, stripped Germany of many of its territories, blamed it for the war, and imposed substantial reparation payments. However, although the Allies were hopeful that these measures would ensure peace in the future, the Versailles Treaty has been cited as a
Henceforth, Germany would have been defeated, even if the U.S. stayed neutral during World War II because while staying neutral the Congress passed the Neutrality Act of 1939, the Lend-Lease Act and signed the Atlantic Charter with Great Britain. People believed that Germany would have never been defeated if U.S. have not join the war because many U.S. troops were involved in many battles against Germany. These people oversee the facts that although many Americans were involved even without them the Allies would have overpowered the Germans forces like during the Normandy Landing or commonly known as “D-Day”, there were about
Before World War Two was a confusing time for Americans. Germans in World War One caused distrust by breaking treaties and killing innocent Americans. The war effort helped the Americans get out of the great depression. After the war Americans started becoming major isolationists. The beginning of World War Two started with the German fascism.