After all it had started when a Serbian shot an Austrian. It was felt that Germany had been simply made a scapegoat by the other countries for all that had happened. Looking back it is clear that the Treaty of Versailles created more problems than it actually solved. The treaty broke up empires and changed boundaries. The Germans lost territory and other countries tried to weaken Germany’s military potential and strengthen their own to compensate for the destruction of their lands caused by the Germans.
A. The Treaty of Versailles was created as an agreement that Germany would pay for the damage that was produced during World War I. However, it might have been the most important creason of World War II. Many of the leaders saw it coming, yet they just ignored it. B.
The German economy was damaged, people lost their jobs, and the people were turned against their government. Life in Germany became miserable after the signing of what was called a peace treaty. Because of all this, the Germans desired a strong leader, someone who would once again help Germany rise to power. They wanted revenge, and after a short time, they were sure to get that. But without the peace treaty this anger and vengeance would not have existed in the first place.
The Treaty of Versailles between Allies (Britain, France, Russia) and Germany was perhaps the most important peace treaty that concluded WWI. It was signed six months after armistice, by defeated Germany, in Versailles, France, 1918. While it’s importance in dealing with Germany post war must be recognized, the Treaty of Versailles was ultimately a dictated one sided peace. It is necessary to take into consideration the circumstances beginning, and following the end of World War I to understand the purpose of the peace treaty. After a long, four years of disastrous war, and over 20 million deaths, the ending of the war left countries in a state of desperation.
Germany was required to pay 132 billion gold marks, or 367 billion US dollars, over a course of thirty years (C, Source 2). This evidence supports the idea that the reparation payments helped cause World War Two because it not only angered the Germans, it also humiliated them. Due to this anger and humiliation, Germany paid little of these payments in the 1920s (C, Source 2). In 1933, German Adolf Hitler came into power and ceased all reparation payments. Germany also lost significant land because of The Treaty of Versailles such as Alsace and Lorraine.
This of course got the French and the Russians mad so they teamed up and became apart of the alliance, the Triple Entente. Germany ended up invading neutral Belgium as well which got Great Britain, Belgium's ally, involved. Later, Great Britain joined the Triple Entente making the Triple Alliance their rival which Germany was apart of. This war plan escalated alliances and formed rivalries (Textbook, pg 412-413). A British writer wrote a memoir called Goodbye to All That which is about his experiences from the war.
The Treaty of Versailles produced German anger and humiliation, sowing the seeds for World War II. It did this through imposing territorial loss, military restrictions, economic reparations, and war guilt (Hook exercise). The consequences for Germany began with territorial loss. According to Document A, Germany completely lost four major areas of land, Lorraine, Alsace, Polish Corridor, and Danzig. The people living in these countries no longer were a part of Germany.
Aaron Lord Year 10 SOSE Treaty Of Versailles How harsh were the terms of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany? The Treaty of Versailles was signed on the 28 June 1919 and was the most significant peace treaty that led to the return of peace in Europe containing fifteen parts and 440 articles. Although the armistice was made with Germany to end the fighting on 11 November 1918, it took six months of negotiations to create this peace treaty. The treaty was registered by the Secretariat of the League of Nations on 21 October 1919 and became effective as of the 10 January 1920. One of if not the most controversial and unfair terms of the Treaty of Versailles was article 231 or the War Guilt Clause.
“The Treaty of Versailles was supposed to create peace, but only created another disaster.” It forced Germany to lose territory, left germans outside of Germany, and caused serious economic problems especially by worsened the depression of the 1930’s. Certain parts of the treaty took away German territory and distributed it to other countries or the the other territory was used to form new countries. The Treaty of Versailles also weakened Germany's means of transportation and put Germany's river system under foreign control. It put restrictions on Germany's military as well. Germany was allowed only an army of one hundred thousand and fifteen thousand in the navy.
Germany’s armed forces were not actually lowered to only 100,000 men, but as of on paper, all terms were carried throughout until later in history, due to problems with the Nazi’s. And overall, the factors all sound negative. Though, there are some positive factors that came out of the Treaty of Versailles. For instance, it postponed World War 2 for just a slightly longer amount of time. Without the Treaty, World War 2 would have occurred much quicker because Germany wouldn’t have paid the reparations and other countries would have still found injustice in the situation, and much sooner for that