Immediately following the First World War, the Allied nations met at Versailles and, except for the United States, were unwavering in their decision to demand reparations from Germany (Briggs & Clavin, 205). The Treaty of Versailles and the Young Plan put an incredible amount of stress on the already withered German economy. The initial payment to the Allied nations was “a thousand million pounds of gold”, which meant a lot more repayment was yet to come. Forcing Germany to pay reparations led to anger and frustration among the German people, who had suffered enough through World War I; no one saw
the benefit of paying an absurd amount of reparations because they simply could not pay for the cost of the war. Reparations led to a vengeful feeling among the future leaders of Germany; the Nazi party. This ri...
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...was created so that nothing like World War II would happen again; and there are alliances such as NATO, which provide assistance in times of multinational conflicts. Although the United Nations is based on the League of Nations, there is participation by every country in the world to avoid another horrer like World War II. Today, the global community is so connected and dependent on each other, whether through monetary aid after a natural disaster, or the everyday activities of international trade, that if a regime of this intensity attempted to rise in the
Western world today, the rest of the international community would suppress it quickly and efficiently.
Briggs, Asa, and Patricia Clavin. Modern Europe, 1789 - Present. London: Pearson Longman, 2003. Print.
Bullock, Alan. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives. New York: Vintage, 1993. Print.
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