In conclusion, The Treaty of Versailles was unquestionably the reason why World War II started. The Treaty was unreasonably vicious to the Germans by forcing them to give up valuable territory. Also, the Treaty restricted the number of troops Germany was allowed to have. Finally, the Treaty of Versailles imposed severe reparations on Germany that just angered the Germans. This bold treaty gave rise to Hitler who ignored the soldier restrictions and immediately stopped all reparation payments.
Historians argue that this and the international fallout that resulted most notably with the United States were simply too powerful to avoid war at all. The ramification of the Treaty sent the German economy into a severe depression and planted the seeds needed to sprout revenge and uprising such as the world had never seen before. Estimates for the costs of the war for the Allied Powers fluctuated between ten billion and one hundred billion dollars. Ultimately, the Allied Powers settled on the astronomical sum of thirty-three billion dollars which the German government was mandated to pay but simply did not have the funds to do so. In addition to paying reparations, Germany had to severely limit military spending and personnel, relinquish land previously gained in the World War, and was barred from having any air force at all.
Throw in the Great Depression, and you have a vastly unstable world, which the Germans believed Hitler would lead them out of. After World War One, Germany was thrown into downward spiral. They were left with a monstrous amount of unemployed people, and they were still unhappy about being the scapegoat of World War One, thus according to the Treaty of Versailles. Looking for a way to rebuild, Hitler came in at a perfect time. Adolph Hitler made them many promises, ensuring them that in believing in him, Germany would be great once again.
The way the First World War ended left embittered and unresolved issues and disputes that would prove to carry on and would lay the foundation for the second World War two decades later. The Treaty of Versailles can be said to be the single most important, indirect cause of World War II. It placed the blame, or "war guilt" solely upon Germany. Secondly, harsh reparations imposed by the treaty hampered the German economy by causing rapid inflation and caused people to support parties like the Nazis and the Communists. In Germany, the Treaty forced the country to limit its armed forces to 100,000, forbade it having an air force, demilitarized the Rhineland, a region in western Germany next to France, and placed the Saar region under the League of Nations' control.
They weren't allowed to build up their army or weapons. Because they owed so much money, it wasn't long before the currency became worthless due to hyperinflation and France invaded the Ruhr. The unfairness of the treaty caused bitterness in Germany, and Hitler always blamed the collapse of the country on, among others, the "November Criminals", the men who signed the armistice that ended the war. The treaty created the conditions for Hitler's rise to power, as he promised he would put this unfair treaty right and make Germany great again. However, at the end of the war, Adolf Hitler was one of the millions of unemployed and worked for the government as a "V-man", spying on opposing parties.
The feud between Siberia and Austria-Hungary would change the way foreign countries settled disputes forever. World War I was inevitable because neither Austria-Hungary nor Siberia was willing to come to a mutual agreement regarding the resolution of their disagreement in a peaceful way. The dispute between Serbia and Austria-Hungary went beyond a government level because the assassination of Francis Ferdinand was pe... ... middle of paper ... ...ns of livelihood.” The war was ruining the economy around the world because supplies were being depleted and commerce could not be conducted properly. The only way that the world could survive was to end the war. The Treaty of Versailles, 1919 was signed into law, which ended the war with Germany.
The one big problem was that the USA which was most needed did not join, and this seriously weakened the League. The only force the League depended on was Britain and France who were unwilling to fight and were still recovering from the First World War. This let aggressors to get their own ways without the League stopping them. When Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, the first test for the League and it did nothing as it did not want to send its army to the other side of the world and risk a war o... ... middle of paper ... ...f US loans which were not renewed. The economic problems in Germany made it unstable and led to the polarization of politics.
As a fascist Hitler despised the communism of Russia in the East and furthermore intended to 'smash' it and take land to the East for 'lebensraum'(living space). Hitler was a very aggressive leader who would turn to violence if he did not get what he wanted. He once said: "Our motto shall be 'if you will not be a German, I will bash your skull in'"! His whole foreign policy from coming to power seems to be focused on preparing for a war. In October 1933, soon after coming to be dictator of Germany, Hitler showed his contempt for the Treaty of Versailles by withdrawing from the League of nations which also showed his lack of desire for peace.
The majority of Europe (especially France and Britain) and America were angry towards Germany for the war, and therefore created the Treaty of Versailles. The main points of the treaty blamed Germany for the war (article 231), made Germany harshly cut down their military forces, forced Germany give much of their land to different countries and finally Germany had to pay Â£6,600 million in reparations. Woodrow Wilson created the fourteen points to stop himself and America from getting into war again. The fourteenth point was to create a League of Nations to stop future wars. Any aggressive countries would be sanctioned by all the League's members and would be attacked as a last resort.
All German colonies were given to the allies, and Austria was forbidden to unite with Germany. Germany had to pay £6600 million in reparations. The terms of the treaty were thought of asunfair by many, if not all Germans. Woodrow Wilson (the American president) believed that the terms were too harsh, but the British and French citizens wanted to seek revenge. The treaty of Versailles was one of the largest factors in causing the Second World War because it sparked so much German hatred.