The series of catastrophic events that took place in Germany from 1918 onward helped pave the way for Hitler's rise to power. Through propaganda, Hitler used the turmoil's of the German people to expand his power. More than anything it was economics driving the population into the hands of a man who seemed like Germany's last resort. On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Under the terms of the treaty, Germany was forced to accept responsibility for causing the war and had to pay immense war reparations for all the damage that had been done.
Hitler, intensely detesting the November criminals1, promised to build a back powerful nation, the German public, in a state of disillusionment, responded positively to this claim and began to support the Nazi Party. Hitler’s ability to take advantage of the Treaty of Versalles and the hardship that it brought to the German nation contributed to Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. The instability of the newly for... ... middle of paper ... ... with other factors, lured many Germans in to believing in the nazi ideals and supporting the Nazi party whilst stirring up a hatred of the current Weimar Republic. With a combination of poor leadership on the Weimar Government’s behalf, the signing of the hated Treaty of Versailles and an unattractive economic situation, Hitler, using his charismatic personality, was able to convince the majority of the public to resort to the extremist nazi party. There are many other factors that influenced the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism; In every case, however, Hitler’s manipulative skills and sophisticated behavior towards circumstances lead to the success of the Nazi Party.
Instead, it placed a “war guilt” blame on Germany, which prevented a long-lasting peace and enraged the German people. "No postwar German government believed it could accept such a burden on future generations and survive …" (Paxton 153) Germany was forced to pay heavy reparations and encounter hyper-inflation. Adolf Hitler attempted a coup d’état against the republic, to establish a Putsch similar to Mussolini's. ("Beer Hall Putsch (Munich Putsch). ")Although he failed, Hitler was then recognised as a national hero, whom gained public support from Germany.
Therefore he took over at a time when Germany looked economically weak, bitter and still blaming America and Europe for their financial problems. The reparations system had faltered due to the Wall Street Crash and America could no longer provide the loans. Hitler knew he was under a lot of pressure to make successful changes within Germany, although he also knew German people were in a vulnerable position and in search of an answer to their problems; to gain support Hitler had to tell them what they wanted to hear. From they changes to the economy Hitler decided to make there were several segments of German people that benefited or lost out. In some cases different areas would benefit as well as lose out from Hitler’s seize of power on the economical front.
While there were many other smaller countries on both sides, the war ended with the central powers’ only remaining super power being Germany. When the war finally... ... middle of paper ... ...gs aided the beginning of World War II, causing the exact opposite of the goal of the treaty. It seems that by failing to attempt to make peace with the enemy, and instead hoping to weaken him, the Allies did nothing more then cause more violence. In this case it seems the moral path was the correct path. If the big four had decided to assist Germany in it’s rebuilding they might have gained a powerful ally, but instead they created an enemy.
This was one of the main reasons the treaty had a severe impact on Germany; it crippled the German economy and critically reduced the living standards of the people. This made it virtually impossible for the German economy to function productively. The effects that the treaty had on Germany directly led to the rise of Hitler who he capitalised on German resentment at their treatment. He provided a focus for the German people and their desire to take back what they once had, and to restore their pride once again becoming a glorious nation. Another reason that had a significant impact was the belief of fascists that their nations were superior to all other people.
Heavily taxed not only financially but also territorially, the suppression of the German state essentially paved the way for the Nazi advancement in Germany and was the prime cause of World War II. The Treaty of Versailles was in one way, a means to suppress Germany to such a severe state that they could never mount such an offensive again. In another way, it was revenge from the battered European countries. France demanded upon... ... middle of paper ... ...ions that had to be made immediately, the lack of power the League of Nations had without America, and the lack of support from the American public. Wilson did attempt to go to the people and convince them to speak with their representatives, but the vote in congress still failed.
Discuss the rise of nazi? It all started out by Hitler wanting the ability to take advantage of Germany's poor leadership and economical and political conditions. After the loss of the world war I people were going through some rough times, plus the full effect of the worldwide economic depression. So the Nazis took action and used the depression to gain popularity. The people of germany couldn't have known what was going on, all they wanted was someone strong to lead them.
This was because Schleicher’s ‘policy of diagonal’ only attracted Strasser, for which he was ousted from the Nazi party. This was Hitler’s main opponent in the quest for leadership of the nazi party. The Weimar Republic's demise and Hitler’s rise to power are very inter-linked. This can be shown by the static enrolment for the Nazi party when Stresseman brought Germany into the era of the ‘golden years’. It could be said that opposition to democracy rose and fell in harmony with movements in prosperity.’ Hitler exploited this with his political astuteness of knowing what and when to promise things in the ‘new’ Germany.
Plan of Investigation The purpose of this investigation is to answer, “How the Treaty of Versailles contributed to World War II?” This investigation will reveal an understanding of the start of the Treaty of Versailles. This topic is significant because people need to know that if the Treaty of Versailles was not so harsh then we might not have had a World War II. When World War II occurred, Germany revolted against the laws and sanctions upheld by the allied forces under the Treaty of Versailles, portraying that the Treaty was unfair and harsh on Germany. The research for this investigation is derived from the Treaty of Versailles and other historical documents. Summary of Evidence Life before the Treaty of Versailles was great in Germany, they had everything, power and land.