Europe was devastated, and the Allied forces were faced with the task of coming to terms with their former German enemy. It is well known that the French were determined to punish Germany; they sought revenge and made little attempt to hide their objective. At the Versailles Peace Conference the struggle between the French and Germans began a new path. The French demanded large reparations payments and several other drastic measures that would keep Germany from ever being capable of attacking them again. The agreement that was reached enacted several harsh measures against Germany.
From Hitler’s M... ... middle of paper ... ...e prepared to fight or not. Cooper also states that the British government was afraid of standing up to the British government because they were afraid of what Hitler might say during his speech and afterwards there will be no retreat. From this one can infer that Britain wants to declare war on Germany, but is afraid of saying anything to Hitler. In conclusion, The Treaty of Versailles was the reason why war world II was caused. The treaty of Versailles had put all of the damage and payments on Germany.
The Treaty of Versailles was meant to keep peace by subjugating Germany, who was seen as a threat. Despite this honest attempt at peace, the Treaty of Versailles never could have succeeded. The Treaty of Versailles failed in its attempts at peace, because by subjugating Germany’s ethnic residents, economy, and military it angered the German populace and caused another World War. World War 1 was a large-scale war in which a single assassination escalated into a massacre of over 30 million lives. The war escalated so fast due to the network of alliances in Europe.
Germany's treatment at Versailles led to the rise of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and the outbreak of W.W.2 because he promised to break the terms of the treaty. One of the main reasons why Germany resented the Treaty was because it said that Germany was responsible for causing the war, in Clause 231, the ''War Guilt'' Clause. The Poletisons knew that they would get support from other countries if they enforced hard policies on Germany, and they used the Breast-Litovsk (a Treaty Germany had with Russia) as further evidence to punish Germany. Germany believed that did not feel that they had started the war; instead they believed that it was the responsibility of all of the Major European Powers or that they had lost the war - they simply hadn't won Germany also believed that the Treaty was a ''D.I.C.K.T.A.T. ', or a Dictated piece, on which they had to agree to or war would re-commence.
Secondly, Britain had not been strong enough to prevent this rise of Hitler, or to prevent him taking over Europe. They had not prevented Hitler from breaking the Treaty, which in itself eventually led to War. Chamberlain's policy of Appeasement had failed dismally, only succeeding in allowing Hitler to think that he could do as he pleased with Europe. As well as Britain's apparent weakness against Hitler, the League of Nations was also not strong enough to hold Hitler back. However, this essay aims to argue that the two most important reasons that Britain eventually went to War in 1939, are firstly, Germany's invasion of Poland, which forced Britain to take action, and secondly that Hitler's aggressive action eventually had to be combated, he could not be allowed to take over Europe.
Challenge to Versailles Between 1933-36 was a Reaction to Events Rather than a Consequence of Ideology Plan Ä Versailles: how it affected Germany Ä What was his ideology Ä Appeasement: what it was, why did they follow it, how did Hitler take his chance? Ä What happened between 33-36 Ä Opportunist or planned? The treaty of Versailles had made a massive impact on Germanys military and economic resources. Germany was hit hard and forced to also sign the War Guilt Clause. Most Germans hated Versailles, as the country became weak and useless, many people thought it should be overturned however, nobody had the power to do it and nobody wanted to risk war.
Hitler also ignored many of the agreements under the Treaty of Versailles, and begun breaking the treaty more and more up until the start of World War II. Unfortunately he couldn’t be stopped, a policy of “Appeasement” from the League of Nations allowed Germany to build an army and begin the annexation of its European neighbors. This policy of appeasement was accompany by the belief that collective security would pull through. If all the nations banded together and declared collective security, no other country would dare attack. Unfortunately when Germany and her allies did attack, collective security proved useless.
The policy of British “appeasement” was not enough to pacify Hitler and his unending thirst for domination and unification. Hitler was determined that he was meant to dominate Europe, he saw himself as having the mind to do so. He had set out his ideas in a book called Mein Kampf that he had written in prison in 1924, proving that he was not just a spur of the moment man. His main goals were to destroy the Treaty of Versailles forced on Germany. He and many other Germans believed that the Treaty was too harsh and should not have been enacted against them.
There was a general feeling that Germany had genuine grievances. Hitler claimed that Germans who were living outside Germany had a right to self-determination. It was believed that the policy of appeasement would promote Anglo-German friendship remove grievances. Other scholars argue that there was no alternative to the policy of appeasement as most countries were not prepar... ... middle of paper ... ...t, Hitler believed that the British government would reconsider its policy of appeasement. He thus decided to invade Poland on September 1st 1939, on 3rd, British declared war against Hitler (Scaife 121).
But after this was done President Wilson was urged back home to serious hostility. Directed by Lodge, the irreconcilables and the Battalion of Death destined the treaty and it's envisioned foreign entanglements, particularly with France. So the effect of all these would be that America would be forced to help fight another German invasion [DA]. Every thing wasn't all dandy when introducing the treaty either. Once the Treaty of Versailles was introduced to the community many liberals were not pleased with what it contained and covered.