Most historians believe World War II can be traced to World War I which lasted from 1914 to 1918. Americans had fought in that earlier war to “make the world safe for democracy.” Those were the words and hopes of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. But the peace treaties that ended World War I did not make the world safe for democracy. Instead, they caused erratic bitterness and anger that led to World War II. Germany and allies were the losers of World War I. Germany was stripped of one sixth of its territory and was forced to pay large reparations. Germany then suffered from high unemployment and runaway inflation; money became almost worthless and many Germans seethed in anger at ...
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