Negative Effects Of The Treaty Of Versailles

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The Treaty of Versailles was meant to promote peace for the future of America and European countries but because reparations were too harsh, change in political boundaries, and disagreeing with rules of the League of Nations the treaty failed. The United States disagreed with rules of the League of Nations because the Irreconcilables, a bitter opponent for the Treaty of Versailles. This term specifically refers to about 12 to 18 United States Senators, both Republican and Democrats fought intently to defeat the ratification of the Treaty in 1919. Many feared the League of Nations might supersede, or to take the place of a person or thing previously in authority, the power of congress to declare war. The League of Nations was an intergovernmental …show more content…

He went to the people of America, traveling 8,000 miles and making over 30 major speeches in three weeks. Wilson collapsed in Colorado and that cause him to return to the white house. He then had a stroke and determined not to comprise with the senate. The United States did not join the league. Another problem the world faced with the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles was that many countries were harmed or affected in a negative way. Germany had to pay reparations, lost land, and had to take blame for the war. France didn’t get any money, and they were afraid Germany would re-build. Italy and Japan felt denied just rewards. Russia lost more land than Germany. German colonies in Africa and Pacific Middle East Countries didn’t get independence they were promised. And the United States did not sign the treaty of join the League of Nations, and then they proceeded to go into isolationism. Because the US went into isolationism there were new laws that came out for immigration. Such as Quota Act of 1921, limiting immigration from each country to 3% of total number who had immigrated in 1910 and set a yearly limit of 350,000. Another example of isolationism was setting Tariffs on imports. …show more content…

Germany had to pay $33 Billion in reparations. They also had to take full guilt off the war and they were stripped of their military privileges. This put Germany in a weak state. They didn’t have much money, their cities were in ruins, and they had a lot of guilt. World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but when the Treaty of Paris ripped apart Germany with these harsh reparations, it was very easy for a new leader to come to power. This is how Hitler comes into the picture. He talks up the things he can do, and takes that opportunity to take control and that leads the world into World War II. Another thing that was changed due to harsh reparations was political boundaries. Russia and Germany lost land, while France, Britain, and Japan gained land. Italy gained some land, but not as much as they wanted. France gained land in Lebanon and Syria. Britain gained land in African colonies. Italy gained some land in Australia. Japan got control of German colonies in the Pacific. The war also caused destruction of four empires, the Ottoman, German, Russian, and Austria-Hungary empires. The Ottoman Empire lost territory in the war and fell to revolution in 1922. The German empires emperor got abducted and lost territory in the treaty. Austria-Hungary split into separate countries. One of the perks of the changing of territories there

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  • Explains that the treaty of versailles was meant to promote peace for the future of america and european countries but because reparations were too harsh, change in political boundaries, and disagreeing with rules of the league of nations the treaty failed.
  • Explains that the united states disagreed with the league of nations because the irreconcilables fought intently to defeat the ratification of the treaty of versailles.
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