What Caused World War II?

WWII DBQ World War II was caused by the Treaty of Versailles because Germany had taken the blame for all of the damage after WW1. The name for Germany taking all the blame is War guilt clause. As shown in the maps of Europe in 1914 and 1928 from (doc 1) after World War 1, they (Germany) lost land. Then in 1924 Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania became part of Russia. Since Germany had lost lad after WW1 and had taken up the blame, they did become bitter with the French. Germany basically got robbed of their most precious lands, by the French which was their pride and of course made Germany upset. From this one could infer that indeed, Germany was upset with decisions made. As described in the Treaty of Versailles (doc 2) like article 51 and 119, Germany has to give up land unwillingly. Then, in Article 231 and Article 232 it shows a war guilt clause. They state that the Germans are responsible for all the damage and/or losses that came to be from the World War 1. To add on, Germany was said to be doing “wrong” and France had all the rights to take away Alsace and Lorraine. From this one could infer like what was said previously in which Germany was upset. From Hitler’s speech (doc 3) it is shown from Hitler’s point of view, which is obviously a very bias point of view in which everything that happened was unfair. Hitler critics the treaty of Versailles and says that the German people do not agree with the decisions made by the government. Like in doc 1 and 2 it states that Germany had land taken from them and got blamed on for a bunch of things, so the citizens believe that if they stayed in war they could have definitely won. What this shows is Hitler’s bias views towards his country. 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. To add on, not only was it caused because of the treaty, but because France and Britain declared a war on Germany because they invaded Poland who allied with them. Works Cited "Causes of World War 2." World War 2. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014. . Works Cited
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