However, it was clear that they had no choice; Germany was obviously incapable of undergoing more war. If Germany were to be invaded by the Allies, it would’ve been very difficult for them to defend themselves since they had been weakened by the war. Furthermore, Germany hadn’t taken part in the Paris peace conference; only the winning countries had been allowed to participate. When Germany had signed the armistice in 1918, they had thought they were accepting the fourteen point peace plan formulated by the USA President Wilson. Since this peace plan was based on fair and democratic ideas, Germany thought the Treaty would also be honest, but when, the 7th May 1919, the Treaty was put ahead of the German government, their expectations were proved
Cultural and government practices were factors that had triggered the building of the Berlin Wall. The main reason the Berlin Wall was built by East Germans (the Communist Government) was to stop the “brain drain.” The East Germans wanted to stop all of the scientists, engineers, doctors, teachers and many more scholars from crossing over to the West side of Germany (Democratic Government). The East Germans wanted to stop these people from crossing over, because without them their economy would crash. (history.com, 2017) Braving the
One of the biggest issues that the new government had to face was the exaggerated terms of the Treaty of Versailles. These terms limited the Weimar Republic from fully developing and growing to become a fully fledged society. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles meant torture for the country and the people populating it, and a vast majority of the population felt it was betrayal from the German government, naming the Weimar Republic officials the ‘November criminals’. Many people that supported the Weimar Republic changed their views after the terms of the Treaty of Versailles became publicly available since they felt the Weimar Republic was just the result of losing the war rather than the actual choice of the majority of the population. The problems faced by the Weimar Republic
America and Russia had different Aims for Germany. Stalin wanted to destroy Germany, and was stripping East Germany of its wealth. Britain and America wanted to rebuild Germany’s industry in January 1947, they joined their two zones together into Bizonia. This had a big impact on both Sides sphere of influence because the USSR’s way of protecting their sphere of influence is to make Russia more powerful, by stripping Germany from their industrial resources, they are leaving Germany helpless while Russia can expand its industrial dominance. But when America interfered with the USSR’s plans they tried to help Germany by occupying Western Germany, this helped America’s sphere of influence because not only did they have control over germany, but they were able to convert West Germany to become a democratic country.
This act didn’t help, people continued to immigrate to the west side. East Germany had no other choice and its government decided that the best way to stop the immigration was to build a wall therefore on August 13, 1961, East Germany began building the wall, cut off nearly any connection between East and West, had a dramatic influence on the lives of Berliners on both sides. 2. What purpose does or did the wall serve? The government of East Germany told to its citizens that the purpose was to protect them from the people from West Germany, but in fact the true purpose was that the Berlin wall kept East Germans from immigrating to West Germany through Berlin.
The United States, France and English sought for a capitalist, free-market economies while the Soviet Union wanted obedient, communist nations. This difference divided Germany, creating a blockade between the two. This Iron Curtain blocked all trade between East and West Germany with the intention to prevent travel as well. The East Germans were deprived of freedoms, a competitive market and ultimately suffered economically and politically. On the other hand, the West Germans thrived with high salaries, personal freedoms and an overall liberal union.
They also suffered massive losses. The land was destroyed, partly due to Stalin 's 'scorched-earth ' policy. It was impossible to calculate the number of dead, but it is estimated at several million. However, Churchill was very suspicious of Stalin, and believed a powerful Russia could be just as big a threat as a powerful Germany. Churchill wanted to 'shake hands with the Russians as far to the east as possible, ' to stop them gaining more land.
Germany did not manage to break through to France as quickly as it intented to. Due to the "Treaty of London", which guaranteed the independence of Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany. 125000 of well trained and equipped members of BEF (British Expeditionary Force) helped to resist the assault. A crucial element of failure of the Schlieffen Plan was the fact, that Russia organised it 's army earlier than Germany suspected, what forced it to send soldiers away to Western Front and fight off the Russian troops invasion. Another reason for the
The treaty of Versailles unfairly punished Germany by damaging it’s economy and it’s military, which will directly lead to World War II (WWII). The treaty was made in 1919, with almost no participation of the German government. Germany had the choice between signing it or facing the ownership of it by the Allied Nations’ troops. This was known as a diktat Frieden, which in return angered the German people as they believed that they did not start the war, and they were unfairly punished. Next, Germany also had to return French
For example, the United Nations, have been conducting its peace building mission in global sense since it was founded in 1942, evolving from the League of Nations, founded primarily for conflict resolution of the First and Second World Wars. However, according to Haddadi, the United Nations became now unable to resolute conflict, to international peace and security following the cold war because it was in this period that “the settlement of any dispute was on each organization, particularly regional organizations”. It is moreover stated that the cold war period created a bipolar world, as the world was divided in rival and hostile poles, as the world in those period entered into the world in opposite movements. “On the one hand we are witnessing the formation of larger political unions that blurred national boundaries and on the other hand, unity of the countries was threatened by nationalism, separatism and ethnic, religious, social, cultural and lingual violent conflicts. This is the threat that the Middle East region countries and people are currently facing”.