Effects Of The Treaty Of Versailles Treaty On Germany

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After the creation of the Versailles Treaty in 1919, Ferdinand Foch said "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." Few historians would disagree with Foch’s statement; many believe that there is a direct correlation between the harsh conditions of the Versailles Treaty and the outbreak of World War II. Still, there are professionals who think that said correlation is overly exaggerated. The end of the war and the creation of the Versailles Treaty began with an armistice on November 11th, 1918. On this day, all fighting on the Western Front halted; the Allies and Central Powers were ready for peace. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, French Premier George Clemenceau and US President Woodrow Wilson met for the Paris Peace Conference in early 1919 to draft a…show more content…
As a result, Germany was left with hyperinflation and a destroyed economy. It can be said that World War II was mainly the outcome of (Germany’s) Depression. However, the Depression could not incite the world onto a path of another war unless the circumstances for this strife were already rooted in the tensions of the treaty PERSONAL ANALYSIS? (Graebner, Bennett 120-122). Unsurprisingly, Germany desired to seek revenge on the treaty. In conditions like this it is evident why Hitler was able to rise to power in an unstable society/nation. The economic collapse in Germany affected the everyday lives of the population and gave Hitler an “inroad to the masses” who had struggled with hyperinflation and unemployment as well. Unlike the failed Weimar Republic, Hitler was able to promise “food, employment, and the restoration of national pride” to the people and this earned him national popularity (Graebner, Bennett 120-122). The German people hoped for a revolution. When Hitler finally rose to power on January 30,

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