Treaty Of Versailles Essay

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The Treaty of Versailles was one of the many peace treaties drafted to repair the damage of World War I. It officially ended the state of war between the Allied Powers and Germany, and was signed on 28 June 1919, five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers that fought alongside Germany were handled in separate peace treaties. Although the actual end of the war was brought on by and armistice, on 11 November 1918, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to draft the Treaty of Versailles and obtain peace. .Although the Treaty of Versailles at the time of its signing, was meant to end all future wars of the magnitude of WWI, because of harsh German treatment, and a weak League of Nations, it ultimately led to the onset of the even deadlier WWII. To fully understand the ramifications of the Treaty of Versailles, its necessity must first be understood. World War I also known as the Great War was a massive and global war in which most of the fighting occurred in mainland Europe. The conflict began on July 28, 1914 and went on until November 11, 1918. The death toll reached about 9 million, due to new and deadlier technology mixed with the various combatants’ ignorance on how to use them effectively. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. According to history, usually those who are defeated must accept the title of aggressor, and take responsibility for the war. This was the case for Germany after World War I. Many historians are unsure about which country is most to blame for the outbreak of war, but one important and very outstanding factor seemed to be na... ... middle of paper ... ... a devastating environment within Germany that led to the creation of a monster of German aggression that the Treaty was attempting to stop forever. The restrictions that were placed on Germany led to economic collapse, a pitiful government, despair, and humiliation. The environment that the Treaty of Versailles created in Germany bred Hitler and his Nazi party, and made it all that much easier for him to amass a large fallowing. If the delegations at the Paris Peace Conference had been more concerned with promoting future peace, rather than punishing Germany, World War II may have been avoided, however it lent itself to the inevitability of World War II because it gave Germany a reason to rebel against the rest of the world, and had no measures to stop it when it did. The Treaty of Versailles blatant mishandling of Germany led directly to the onset of World War II.

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