The Causes of World War II

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The Causes of World War II At the end of the First World War all the different countries such as France, United-Kingdom, United-States and Germany thought that the peace would last forever. However, as we have seen, they were terribly wrong… In 1939 a more violent and destructive war began. This time people fought all over the world, in Asia, Europe and also in the United-States (Pearl-harbour). I shall now explain what the main causes of the war were. The aggression began at the end of the First World War, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed and Germany was forced to pay a lot of money to France for the reparations of the obliterated cities. Their country (Germany) had to be divided in two parts, and they also had to limit their army to 100,000 men. The French army occupied the Rhineland, and the Sudetenland was also taken away from them. They couldn't say anything at the time, as they were held responsible for the war by the countries involved… but this increased friction between the countries. The Treaty of Versailles was a really important trigger because Hitler used the revocation of this pact as one of his main points to gain votes during the election of 1933. In 1933 Hitler became a part of the German government. In 1936 the president of Germany asked him, under the 'pressure of the parliament' to become the new Chancellor. Here he seized the opportunity and asked for full power. The entire parliament agreed, and felt that he was the man who could pull Germany out of the economic crisis that the country was going through. When he got full power, Hitler started to change and rebuild the German economy. His ... ... middle of paper ... ... 1939 Hitler was signing pacts with countries so he wouldn't fight alone against countries that were at this time supposed to be powerful. There are a lot of reasons for World War Two to take place. Conclusion ========== The ending of the First World War I think carries the most important value because Germany was treated very harshly with the treaty of Versailles. It is fair to say that if the treaty of Versailles had not extracted so much from the Germans, it would not have made them so aggressive, or hungry for 'revenge'. It is like snatching a major part of your income away… it is obvious that you will not appreciate it and that there will be friction between you and the person who engulfed your money! With Germany, it is a similar case, but on a larger scale, and with much larger consequences.

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